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26 Jan
Meet the Apprentice
08:30 - 12:00

Are you looking for extra help at your business? Have you considered taking on an Apprentice?

St Helens Chamber specialises in helping you to recruit young people through our Apprenticeship Programme and we are always looking to increase the range of vacancies available. All Apprentices will have completed our ‘Chamber Approved – Work Ready’ course to ensure they are high-calibre candidates who are well prepared for the world of work.

Taking on an Apprentice can increase efficiency, introduce new skills and provide a hassle free, cost effective way to grow your business. This informal event will provide an efficient and convenient way for you to meet some of the best local young job seekers.

To confirm a place at the event please ring 01744 742333

29 Jan
Fast-track to Apprenticeships - Open Day
13:00 - 14:00 St Helens Chamber

Are you 16 – 24 and looking for a job?

Our Fast Track to Apprenticeship courses will give you the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help you get an Apprenticeship.

  • Improve your CV
  • Perfect your interview techniques
  • Work Experience
  • Exclusive access to local vacancies
  • £100 bonus on moving into an Apprenticeship, job or training
  • Gain the skills that employers are looking for

Want to find out more? Come to our Open Day! Book online now or call us on 01744 742045 for more information

This event is part funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.

30 Jan
Understanding Business Finance
Members: £55.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:00 - 13:00 St Helens Chamber

When it comes to running a business, the ability to understand and utilise the information contained within its financial statements is a valuable asset. Analysis of previous year’s figures gives an insight into the financial performance of the business, and provides essential information which can be utilised to make a business more resilient, set growth targets and plan forecasts.

The first session of this workshop will look at the core elements of the financial statements, defining and examining the relationship between them. Session two will look at financial ratios, how we can use them to provide essential financial information, and how in turn this enables us to evaluate past, monitor current and plan future business performance. Finally we will utilise this information to analyse a set of accounts, and a company credit report.

The workshop is suitable for business owners and managers with some basic knowledge, who need to gain a more in depth understanding of the financial aspect of the business. It will also be of particular use for businesses considering applying for external finance or looking for investment.

'Skills for Growth' funding is available for this seminar, which can highly subsidise the cost of the seminar for SME businesses. For more information please contact the Workforce Development Team on 01744 742333

30 Jan
Understanding Enterprise
09:30 - 16:00 St Helens Chamber

 Have you got a brilliant idea for a business? Want to see if you have what it takes to be your own boss? This 7 day course if perfect both for anyone thinking of starting or who has recently started their own business. Throughout the course you will learn about the skills and qualities needed to start your own business as well as the importance of business planning, how to market your business and how to manage money in business.

This course is broken down into seven workshops:

  • Skills & Knowledge: Learn about the skills and qualities needed to start your business.
  • Business Planning: Learn how to complete a business plan and describe your product, service, personal profile, legal compliance, suppliers, risks, aims and objectives.
  • Marketing (Basics): Gain an understanding of what marketing means, planning and strategy, segmentation and targeting, the 4P’s, branding, features and benefits.
  • Managing Money: Learn about what start-up funding you need, where it can be financed and how to complete your cash flow forecast.
  • Business IT: Learn how to use IT in your business for marketing and finance purposes.
  • Health & Safety: Gain an understanding of Health and Safety Law, Risk Assessments, Hazardous Substances, PPE, Workplace Health and Safety, Fire Prevention, First Aid, Occupational Health, Noise and Manual Handling.
  • Marketing for Success: Learn what the term ‘Digital Marketing’ actually means, and how to incorporate Digital Marketing Skills, Social Media, Paid Advertising and Video Marketing into your business.  

Please arrange to speak to one of our guidance advisers for more information about any of the courses and to discuss your personal career plan. To find out more call us on 0845 340 9980 or email

30 Jan
Level 1 Award in Personal Finance
09:30 - 31 Jan 16:30 St Helens Chamber

During this two day course you will learn how to manage your income and expenditure and how to manage your spending’s. This course will cover: 

  • Income and Expenditure: Sources of income, payment methods and the difference between need and want.
  • Balancing Income and Expenditure: Understand household expenses and regular financial commitments, reasons for recording finances, problems resulting from greater expenditure than income.
  • Reducing Expenditure: Ways of reducing spending on food, prioritising needs with constraints of a limited budget.
  • Bank and Building Society Services: Key features of banks and building societies, current accounts, savings accounts and investments and credit cards and store cards.
  • Borrowing Money: Advantages and disadvantages of borrowing, getting help when in debt, good debt e.g. student loans.

For further information about this course contact Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email

31 Jan
Economic Review - HSBC National Economist, Mark Berrisford-Smith
Members: FREE
11:00 - 12:00 St Helens Chamber

St Helens Chamber and HSBC invite you to join them for refreshments and the opportunity to discuss what the future may hold for everyone operating in our constantly changing economic environment. Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics at HSBC will lead the discussion exploring the state of the UK economy and the challenges for the future.

Having studied Economics at Sussex and London Universities, Mark is now one of HSBC’s most senior national commentators on the economy. In his role as Head of Economics within the bank’s Business Economic Unit, Mark advises on developments in the UK and global economies, and the performance of regions and key industry sectors. Anybody who has heard Mark speak before will know that this will be far from a dry economics drill.

Free Members only event
01 Feb
Introduction to counselling skills
09:30 - 16 Feb 16:00 St Helens Chamber

Are you interested in a career in counselling or working in a role that uses counselling skills?

This FREE 4 day course will provide an introduction to counselling to help you decide if it is the career for you.

The course also provides useful skills for a wide range of other job roles including care work, teaching, youth work and childcare.

 Over the course you will cover-

  • The process of counselling
  • The qualities of a counsellor
  • And gain a range of skills and techniques

To find out more call Starting Point on 01744 698800 or email

01 Feb
Delivering Customer Experience Excellence
Members: £55.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:30 - 13:00 St Helens Chamber

This course will make you stop and think. This well proven course will get into your head and make you think totally differently about how and why you react differently to different customers.

Delegates will return from the course fully confident about their ability to: -Understand why customer service is more important than it has ever been before -Understand what good customer service can do for you -Recognise body language and learn how to use it effectively -Create the right impression -Overcome objections

This course will improve the confidence of delegates, improve the reputation and credibility of your organisation, and improve your customers' experience. It's a win - win - win!

'Skills for Growth' funding is available for this seminar, which can highly subsidise the cost of the seminar for SME businesses. For more information please contact the Workforce Development Team on 01744 742333

Presented by KBW Consulting

01 Feb
Kaizen Awareness
Members: £55.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
13:30 - 16:30 St Helens Chamber

Kaizen is the strategy for making improvements in a business. It focuses on implementing continuous change over time. This session will highlight how Kaizen can make improvements in quality when the strategy is fully utilised and everyone in the organisation participates.

'Skills for Growth' funding is available for this seminar, which can highly subsidise the cost of the seminar for SME businesses. For more information please contact the Workforce Development Team on 01744 742333.

02 Feb
Get the Most from Meet the Buyer Events
Members: £55.00 + VAT
Non-members: £99.00 + VAT
09:30 - 13:00 St Helens Chamber

Meet The Buyer events can bring you an exceptional business growth opportunity but only if you know how to truly use the event. This stimulating workshop brings you the exceptional insights from trainer Malcom Gallagher, who has presented Meet the Buyer events for 20 years.

 "Getting the most from a Meet the Buyer event means knowing how it all works, what you need to do in advance and how to follow through to win the business" says Malcolm, "Success comes from the knowledge you will gain at the workshop" he added.

  • The four stages of this interactive workshop are: Strategy guides you through the essential understanding of todays buyer
  • Preparation prompts you to think of the vital messages you need to communicate.
  • Presentation helps you manage your meeting with the buyers, handle the question of price and know how to counter their negotiation tactics!
  • Follow-through is where you will be prompted to be persistent to win the business

Come to this event and get geared up to achieve great results from the next Meet The Buyer event you attend.

'Skills for Growth' funding is available for this seminar, which can highly subsidise the cost of the seminar for SME businesses. For more information please contact the Workforce Development Team on 01744 742333.

Presented by Biz Vision Ltd

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