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Whether you are in the planning stages of a start-up, or you currently run an existing business, the experience can be described in many ways; exciting, daunting and perhaps even scary, but most importantly, it can be one of the most rewarding journeys you can undertake.


Running a business is hard work, there’s really no way of avoiding it, and for all the perceived glamour and over-night successes we hear about through the plethora of media platforms, the reality is often very different.

You will need to be prepared to work long hours, perhaps forfeit a regular, secure income and exercise extreme self-discipline in your approach; as at the end of the day, the success or failure is down to you. There may also be times you experience strain on your home and social life and feel isolated, all in the pursuit of a successful business.


Being in charge of a business also puts you at the helm of every decision that needs to be made. It’s a position of great responsibility and isn’t always a pleasant position to be in. Afterall, running a business carries risk and repercussions that you may not necessarily be used to.

It can also be very costly in time, money and learning curves, so it’s crucial that you do all you can to prepare for the journey and set your business up to avoid pitfalls.


Sadly, businesses do fail, and this can be put down to a number of reasons given by the owners. Bad luck, slow market, lack of finance, etc… all of which can indeed contribute to the demise of a business.

The number of UK business deaths increased from 288,000 to 357,000 between 2016 and 2017, a death rate of 12.2% compared with a rate of 10.2% in 2016.

Office for National Statistics


The good news is, that there are LOTS of problems that can be avoided if the correct knowledge and planning is implemented.

Some decisions you will have to make will be tough and cause you to question yourself, however some should be easy to make and provide you with increased confidence and certainty.

Just as an athlete prepares for a competition, an entrepreneur can maximise their chances of high performance and ultimate success through preparation, knowledge and planning, and the decision to obtain these assets should be one of the easiest decisions you will ever have to make.


On behalf of the South East Business Boost Programme, The Enterprise Support Alliance are delighted to be offering a series of fully funded workshops worth on average up to £2000, to help SME’s and start-up businesses in Essex improve their performance, gain free access to vital business skills and supply information to help take your business to the next level!


The workshops are located across Essex and cover a wide range of essential business topics from Finance, HR to Digital Marketing and IT skills and run up until the end of November.


So book your place at one of our workshops today and gain valuable business knowledge from leading business coaches, increase your network with like-minded entrepreneurs and exploit the opportunity to move your business forwards.


There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

To find out more and book your place visit