01889 567014 Mon - Fri (Weekends by arrangement) Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 7BY

The Uttoxeter Learning Network

The Uttoxeter Learning Network is designed to provide networking opportunities and training courses for local businesses. The training aims to provide valuable information and skills which will help small and micro businesses to grow and develop.

The venue for all of the network meetings is Heath House Training and Conference Centre in Uttoxeter. (ST14 7BY)

Conference Venue - Heath House CUttoxeter, Staffordshirence
Uttoxeter Learning Network
Heath House Business Centre, Meeting Rooms

Each network meeting includes a training course which provides valuable knowledge and skills.

The mini training courses will follow one of the formats below:

  • A two-hour workshop focusing on single business subject or skill
  • Two one-hour workshops covering two different but related subjects

A detailed description is available for each course. The description will include information about who the course is designed for and will provide an overview of each of the sessions. This information will enable you to attend courses that are beneficial to you and your business. These descriptions will be added to this page as each session is announced.

All of the tutors provide follow on courses or services. Links to the follow-on courses and services are included at the end of each course description.

The morning will begin with informal networking accompanied by plenty of coffee and buscuits.

We want to create a very informal, welcoming networking environment which will be equally attractive to those who are new to networking as well as those who are seasoned professionals on the networking circuit.

The ethos of this network is designed to encourage support and collaboration

The Uttoxeter Learning Network Meeting Dates:

The network meetings take place once a month at Heath House Conference Centre in Uttoxeter.

A full list of dates is shown below:

  • 28 January 2020:
  • Session 1: Create with Canva,
  • Session 2: Fantastic Facebook Pages
  • 25 February 2020:
  • Session 1: Define your vision to improve your marketing
  • Session 2: Google My Business
  • 24 March 2020
  • 21 April 2020
  • 19 May 2020
  • 30 June 2020
  • 28 July 2020
  • 25 August 2020
  • 22 September 2020
  • 20 October 2020
  • 17 November 2020
  • 15 December 2020

The format for each network meeting:

  • 09:30: Arrival, coffee and networking (You are welcome to arrive anytime from 9am)
  • Where the number of participants allows, there will be the opportunity to briefly introduce your business. This will not feature in all meetings.
  • 10:00 to 11:00: Session 1
  • 11:05 to 12:00: Session 2
  • 12:00 to 12:15: Informal networking and coffee
  • 12:15: Departure

Cost to attend the network meeting:

The cost to attend the network meeting and the training course is £12 per network meeting.

How to book

Places are limited and so booking is essential. To book your place, e-mail admin@uttoxeterbn.co.uk. Delegate lists are provided for each session so please let us know your name, company name, e-mail address, website and phone number. Only provide information that you are happy to share on the delegate list.

The inspiration behind the Uttoxeter Learning Network:

One of the biggest challenges for small businesses is the fact that they have to master so many skills.

In addition to delivering your product or service, you have to look after all aspects of your business. This can include areas that are not within your field of expertise. The skills that you require can include marketing, advertising, sales, strategic planning, financial management, HR and legal requirements..

As a result, it becomes necessary to gain additional knowledge and skills.

The Uttoxeter Learning Network provides a relaxed and supportive networking environment where business owners can learn new skills. The networking aspect of the group enables you to meet other business owners who are on the same path. This shared aim often leads to mutual support and collaboration.

The Uttoxeter Learning Network is affiliated to the Uttoxeter Business Network but is distinctively different in format and purpose and format.

Uttoxeter Learning Network: 25 Feb 2020

Session 1: Defining your vision: The benefits to your business and how this can improve your marketing

Session 2: Introduction to Google My Business and why it is important for your business

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Course Details: Session 1: Defining your vision

  • What is a vision
  • How can your vision be used to improve your business?
  • How to use your vision within your sales and marketing including
    • Social media
    • 60 seconds
    • Blogs
  • How can your vision help you to inspire the right people to support you in achieving your goals?

Course Benefits

Learn how to use your vision to improve your marketing and achieve your goals. 

Course Takeaways:

What you will achieve by the end of the course

  • You will work through a set of questions that will help you to start to define your vision.
  • You will leave with a template which will help you to develop your vision.
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Course Details: Session 2: Google My Business Workshop

Google My Business is a powerful tool. It can help you to improve your google rankings and ultimately get more business. During this introductory session, we will look at:

  • Why you need a Google My Business Account
  • What Google My Business is (and how to sign up)
  • What you can post: updates, offers and photos
  • How Google Reviews help your Google Ranking

Continue Learning: Follow-on Courses

  • 16 March 2020: Half day workshop: £30+VAT per person: Defining your Vision | Clarifying your message | Improving your marketing.  This course follows on from the one-hour introduction.  It builds additional knowledge and skills, taking you from beginner to expert in half a day. FULL COURSE DETAILS
  • 26 March 2020: Half day workshop £35 per person: Get your business noticed and find potential customers locally with Google My Business.  This course follows on from the one-hour introduction.  It builds additional knowledge and skills, taking you from beginner to expert in half a day. FULL COURSE DETAILS

Uttoxeter Learning Network: 28 January 2020

create with canva course title

Course Details

Get your social media marketing off to a great start in 2020 with two beginner’s courses:

  • Session 1: Create with Canva
  • Session 2: Fantastic Facebook Pages

Course Outline

Session 1 and 2 give participants a step by step guide to enable them to use Canva to create two amazing graphics for social media. The course then provides a step by step guide to help participants to add these graphics to their Facebook Page.

Create with Canva:

Fantastic Facebook Pages:

  • Change your Facebook cover (created in Canva earlier)
  • Make the most of your Call to Action
  • Tips for updating your Page information –
  • Simplify your Template and Tabs
  • If you enjoy this beginner’s course and you want to continue learning, Holly is providing a next level ‘Fantastic Facebook Pages’ course on 17 February at Heath House

Course Benefits

Learn how to create graphics quickly and easily with Canva and then put them to use immediately on your Facebook page to build brand awareness.

Course Takeaways:

What you will achieve by the end of the course

  • Delegates will create 2 x Canva graphics (one Facebook cover and one social media post)
  • Delegates will update their facebook page learn how to make the most of all features

Course tutor: Holly Hinton

Holly worked as a Microsoft Specialist Instructor in London and Cambridge, providing training for large corporations such as the British Geological Survey and NHS Addenbrookes Hospital. As an independent IT Training Consultant, Holly then went on to design and deliver a UK-wide training program for the RSPB. She now uses her extensive expertise to help small businesses build and maintain their online presence with websites and social media training and digital mentoring. She is passionate about training and website design with the aim of empowering individuals to take control of their digital assets.

Website: www.webgoddess.co.uk

Telephone Number: 07941 676356

Course Requirements: What you need to bring with you

This course is highly practical, so it is essential that you bring your lap top with you. Please be aware that this course is not designed for mobile devices or tablets.

Upon booking, you will be sent joining instructions. These will contain important instructions that you need to read before the course.

Continue Learning: Follow-on Courses

  • 10 February 2020: Half day workshop: £35 per person: Become your own in-house marketing expert with CANVA. This course follows on from the one-hour introduction, building additional knowledge and skills, taking you from beginner to expert in half a day. FULL COURSE DETAILS
  • 17 February 2020: Half day workshop: £35 per person: Become your own in-house marketing expert with FACEBOOK. This course follows on from the one-hour introduction, building additional knowledge and skills, taking you from beginner to expert in half a day. FULL COURSE DETAILS

Get involved: Information for Trainers, tutors and consultants

We would love to hear from trainers and consultants who would like to be involved within the Uttoxeter Learning Network.

The network is designed to be as beneficial for the tutors as it is for the participants.

Benefit for tutors

In return for providing a free taster course tutors will receive the following benefits:

  • By providing a taster course, you will be demonstrating the value of your course or service to a new audience. This will give them the opportunity to sample the quality of your training and but in confidence.
  • We will promote your taster course on our website. We will include include a detailed course description and links to your website.
  • The course description will include all of your contact details.
  • There will be the opportunity to arrange a follow-on course at Heath House. This course will be promoted to the network. A full course description will be added to the follow-on course page which will remain visible for 12 months, giving a further opportunity for valuable backlinks. To help facilitate the course and lower overheads, Heath House Conference Centre will give you a 10% discount off the cost of the room hire. (For examples see the follow on courses already featured on the website.)
  • To boost your course bookings, delegates attending the free taster session will be given the opportunity to book onto the follow-on course imediatly.
  • To show appreciation to trainers who provide these free taster sessions, Heath House Conference Centre will provide you with preferential room hire rates if you use the venue for future training events.
  • It goes without saying, that if you provide the training session, you would not be expected to pay to attend the network event…but we thought we would state it anyway.

If you would like to provide a free taster course, please complete the course details form here: COURSE DETAILS FORM 


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