The Cube: business events for students and graduates
  • Costing and pricing a product or service

  • Plymouth Patent Library 1:1 appointments

  • The Cube - Santander scam awareness

  • Ashford's Solicitors - Business legalities 1:1 appointments

  • Negotiation skills training

  • TS Partners Ltd - Business advice 1:1 appointments

  • Plymouth Patent Library - An introduction to intellectual property (IP) for students and start-ups

  • Top tips for budding entrepreneurs

  • TS Partners Ltd - Financial management 1:1 appointments

  • Ashfords Solicitors - The legalities of starting a business

  • Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants - Is your product or service ready for investment?

  • Top tips for budding entrepreneurs

  • Plymouth Patent Library 1:1 appointments

  • Ashford's Solicitors - Business legalities 1:1 appointments

  • TS Partners Ltd - Business advice 1:1 appointments

  • Top tips for budding entrepreneurs

  • TS Partners Ltd - Financial management 1:1 appointments

  • Run a monster business, not a business monster

  • Run a monster business, not a business monster

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The Cube, the University's business creation and growth service, has organised a series of events to support students and graduates to become budding entrepreneurs and to start up their own businesses. 

If you're interested in attending a session, then please book your place via the above link.

Tuesday 19 January (14:00-15:00) | Costing and pricing a product or service

This webinar will give you some quick tips and a pricing strategy that will enable you to build ‘price confidence’ when quoting for work. Setting prices is a complicated process but understanding the basic principles will enable you to win work at the ‘right price’. Do you dare price yourself above your competition? What about offering extras to increase your value proposition? Just a few of the approaches explored.

Who’s it for? If you are struggling to set the right price for the value you are putting into your relationships with customers and/or a small business owner that sell a mix of their time and expertise, daily, hourly and project-based charging structures. 

What will I get out of it? Whatever strategy you decide to implement, you will know that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to pricing policies. Testing your pricing will help you determine how customers will react to price fluctuations. Your pricing policies shouldn’t be set in stone. The market is constantly evolving, and so must your strategies. Learn how to revisit your pricing regularly, and always keep the customer value in mind.

Tuesday 19 January, Tuesday 16 February (14:00-16:00) | Plymouth Patent Library 1:1 appointments

PatLib offers students and graduates information on all aspects of intellectual property (IP), including patents, copyright, trade marks and designs, helping you to understand and exploit your IP and free assisted patent, trade mark and design searches for start-ups and small businesses.

Half hour bookable appointments are available from 14:00-16:00.

Wednesday 20 January (14:00-15:00) The Cube - Santander scam awareness 

Becoming a victim of fraud or scams is a worry for many people. With this in mind Santander have developed their very own Scam Awareness School (SAS) - a free, fun, informative and interactive event. 

Find out how to protect yourself from fraud and scams.

Thursday 21 January, Thursday 18 February (10:00-12:00) | Ashford's Solicitors - Business legalities 1:1 appointments

An opportunity for students and graduates to access the professional support of a representative of Ashfords LLP for advice and guidance on business start-up and development legalities.

Half hour bookable appointments are available from 10:00-12:30.

Monday 25 January (12.00-13.30) | Negotiation skills training

An EXCLUSIVE opportunity, organised by the University of Plymouth, The Cube - Business, Freelancer and Self-employment Service, for University of Plymouth students and graduates ONLY, to come together for an interactive negotiation skills workshop.

The Negotiation Workshop will include:

  • Introduction to negotiation cards
  • Practical practice negotiation scenarios
  • Practice negotiation tactics
  • Observing negotiations
  • Attain personal feedback

Tuesday 26 January, Tuesday 23 February (09:30-12:30) |TS Partners Ltd Chartered Tax Advisers and Accountants - Business advice 1:1 appointments

TS Partners Ltd offer 1:1 advice and guidance to help you start or develop a business, become self-employed or freelance. They can talk you through the options and help you to plan your business’s future.

One hour bookable appointments available from 09:30-12:30.

Wednesday 27 January (10:30-11:30) | Plymouth Patent Library - An introduction to intellectual property (IP) for students and start-ups

Get information on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, copyright, trademarks and designs. Learn how to exploit your intellectual property.

Wednesday 27 January, Wednesday 10 February, Wednesday 24 February (14:00-15:00) | Top tips for budding entrepreneurs

This is an opportunity for students and graduates to drop in and join like-minded entrepreneurs, from various stages of business - from having a new idea to fully fledged businesses.

The session is an open forum, so you can ask questions or just listen to others chat about many topics such as sales and marketing, costing and pricing, pitching and selling, funding and investors… and much, much more. Keep on top of the latest business information and join in.

There will be an expert Business Adviser present at the session to answer any questions.

Thursday 28 January, Thursday 25 February (09:30-12:30) | TS Partners Ltd Chartered Tax Advisers and Accountants - Financial management 1:1 appointments

TS Partners Ltd offer 1:1 advice and guidance on business financial management and planning. Covering financial record keeping, accountancy, tax, R&D tax credits and funding options.

One hour bookable appointments available from 09:30-12:30. 

Wednesday 3 February (10:00-11:00) | Ashfords Solicitors - The legalities of starting a business

This informative session for students and graduates will cover the basic legal information you need to know before starting a business, freelancing or becoming self-employed.

Thursday 4 February (10.00-11.30) | Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants - Is your product or service ready for investment?

Business are far more likely to be successful if they have a business plan. However, what are some of the challenges people often face when they're preparing a plan, what are the key areas to focus on and what does a good plan look like? Next steps are to secure some grant funding or investment. We will discuss what investors are looking for and how to make yourself stand out. 

Wednesday 10 March, Wednesday 12 May (13:00-14:30) | Run a monster business, not a business monster

This webinar will give students and graduates insight into some of the economic and strategic challenges facing all small businesses and proposes informed, thought-provoking ideas to stimulate strategic actions.

Who’s it for? If you are struggling to bring a sense of focus on how to grow your business, this webinar will help you establish a direction for your business to take, it will help you sharpen your focus on the actions needed to get there!

What will I get out of it? How to identify and prioritise ‘projects’ that impact your business growth and profitability.


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