Small Business Clinic Seminar A Success (26/11/14)

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Our business seminar last week (26/11) was extremely popular with students and staff at the University of Southampton! Clinic Consultant and Southampton alumnus Renold Tang delivered two seminars on “Running Your Own Business (Part 1)” and “Starting Your Own Business: The Mechanics (Part 2)” to an almost sold-out lecture hall. Drawing from his knowledge as a Fellow Chartered Accountant and experience as an entrepreneur, Renold’s lecture covered topics ranging from ‘different types of business vehicles’ and ‘important clauses to include in a shareholders agreement’ to the sacrifice and self-discipline required to start a business.

Feedback from the audience were largely positive, with comments such as:

  • “…the sessions rallied my enthusiasm”
  • “Very interesting and informative…”
  • “This is all very exciting for me. I really enjoyed the last seminar and look forward to the next. Hearing first-hand experience from a knowledgeable consultant is extremely valuable…”

Overall, the seminars were given a rating of 87% by the attendees, with high marks for “Info about seminar”, “Quality of service”, “Quality of advice”, “Clarity of advice”, and “Treatment by staff”. However, “Sufficient amount of time” was given the lowest score (68%), as there was not enough time to cover all the material in 2 hours. Fortunately, Renold continued the seminar for an additional 30 minutes to the appreciation of the 89-strong audience.

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Renold will return for Part 3 of the Seminar series (“Basic Business Taxes and Personal Taxes in the UK”) this Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 2pm-3pm at Highfield Campus. The seminar is suitable for University of Southampton students and staff who are serious about starting their own businesses. Places are limited; to attend, please sign up at:

http://sbcseminar3.eventbrite.co.uk

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Small Business Clinic Free Seminars for University of Southampton Students and Staff

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Thinking of starting your own business? The Small Business Clinic will be running three free business seminars in Highfield. The seminar will be delivered by our business consultant who is a Chartered Accountant. You are highly encouraged to attend ALL THREE seminars as they are inter-related.

Seminar 1 – Running your own business (PART 1)

Date and Time: 26th November 2014       2pm-3pm

  • What, why, how and when
  • Self discipline
  • Sacrifice
  • 24/7
  • Types of business venture

 

Seminar 2 – Starting a business: ‘the Mechanics’ (PART 2)

Date and Time: 26th November 2014       3pm-4pm

  • Business vehicles
  • Difference between those vehicles
  • Do you need an accountant?
  • Business registration.
  • Partnership and shareholders agreement
  • Customer contracts
  • Supplier contracts
  • Employment contracts
  • HMRC registration

 

Seminar 3 – Basic business taxes and personal taxes in the UK (PART 3)

Date and Time: 3rd December 2014         2pm-3pm

  • Income tax for individuals
  • Corporation tax
  • Capital gains tax
  • VAT
  • Duties
  • IHT
  • NIC

 

To attend, please sign up for a place at:

Seminar 1 – Running your own business & Seminar 2 – Starting a business: ‘the Mechanics’:

http://sbcseminar1.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Seminar 3 – Basic business taxes and personal taxes in the UK:

http://sbcseminar3.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Places are limited and are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more information, please visit: https://sotonsmallbusinessclinic.wordpress.com or e-mail sbclinic [at] soton.ac.uk

 

Feedback 12th Nov 2014 (Highfield Clinic)

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Our 12th November 2014 clinic in Highfield was a huge success! The clinic was fully booked and most of our clients are satisfied! Our clients gave the clinic a rating of 86% overall.

Here’s some of our clients’ comments:

“Very helpful advice. Gave me some things to think about and different perspectives, i.e. things I didn’t think about. Thank you!”

“This was fantastic and I felt that my questions are answered very well. I was given further answers of information and invited to come back for more guidance.”

“I very much enjoyed speaking with the consultant. I feel I could have used my time better if I had a few more directing questions prior to the interview. Thanks again!”

“… makes me want to have further discussions with you…”

Treatment by staff (94%) and privacy (94%) were highly rated. We take our clients privacy very seriously- all our volunteers have to sign a confidentiality agreement before working on a client’s case.

We note that ‘information about the service’ received a low rating (71%), with one client commenting that our service “needs a bit more advertising”. We will look into this matter and will try to improve our marketing, as well as providing more information on our website so that clients will know what to expect on the clinic day.

Thanks to all clients who have provided us with feedback- we aim to improve our performance for the next clinic.

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Interested in attending the small business clinic? Book an appointment today by e-mailing smallbusinessclinic[at]soton.ac.uk.

Feedback Results: 5th Nov 2014 (Winchester)

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Our 5th November 2014 clinic at the Winchester School of Art was a success! Our clients gave the clinic a whopping rating of 88% overall. In particular, quality of service (93%), privacy (93%) and treatment by staff (93%) were highly rated.

We note that “Sufficient amount of time” was lowly rated (80%). We try our best to allocate enough time for each client and answer all questions. In cases when there is insufficient time, we will invite our clients to return for a second appointment (in this clinic, 2 clients returned for a second appointment).

Thanks to all clients who have provided us with feedback- we aim to improve our performance for the next clinic.

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Interested in attending the small business clinic? Book an appointment today by e-mailing smallbusinessclinic[at]soton.ac.uk.

November 2014: Winchester and Highfield Clinic

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Calling all entreprenueric student and staff of Southampton Uni:

We are running two business clinics this November!

  • 5th November 2014, Winchester School of Art
  • 12th November 2014, Highfield Campus

Time and location of rooms will be confirmed in due course.

If you have a business idea and would like to receive a FREE private consultation with our business consultant, please drop us an e-mail at smallbusinessclinic [at] soton.ac.uk

2014/ 2015 Clinic Dates

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Starting a business and need advice? Come speak to our Chartered Accountant at one of our small business clinics, for free!

Our planned Clinic dates for the 2014/2015 year are*:

5th Nov 2014 (Winchester School of Art)
12th Nov 2014 (Highfield)
10th Dec 2014 (Highfield)
14th Jan 2015 (Highfield)
4th Feb 2015 (Highfield)
4th March 2015 (Highfield)

To book a 1-on-1 appointment with our consultant, please e-mail us at smallbusinessclinic [at] soton.ac.uk

*All dates are subjected to demand and may change. Clinics are for students of the University of Southampton only.

Feedback 19th Feb 2014

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Our 19th February 2014 clinic received a rating of 88% overall.

A client commented:

“Great sound advice from an expert. Enabled me to get the most out of my business.”

In particular, quality of service, quality of advice and info about the service were highly rated (100%).

Thanks to all clients who have provided us with feedback- we aim to improve our performance for the next clinic.

 

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Interested in attending the small business clinic? Book an appointment today by e-mailing smallbusinessclinic[at]soton.ac.uk.