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GROW with DIGITAL

Following the success of the 'Grow with Digital' programme earlier this year, Enterprise Mendip will be continuing the programme over the next 6 months.

Running a business can be enough of a challenge without having to constantly keep up to date with changes in technology.  Given the option, most business owners would like to spend more time on digital marketing, internet security and improving efficiency, output, sales and profits by streaming processes, however with only 24 hours in the day and cash flow and customers to manage, it's easy to let these tasks repeatedly slip to the bottom of the to-do list.  

The programme will run in a variety of formats across the district, but will primarily be delievered through a series of seminars, workshops and drop-in discussions. The sessions are open to all Mendip based businesses. Please use the links below to register as places are limited and check back regularly for new sessions.

Date & TimeEvent / WorkshopDescriptionURL
12th October 17:00-19:00Drop In: Manage your social media (Wells)

Kirstie Harris of Ideamaze and Sue Corrigan of Marketing Sevens will be on hand to answer your questions and help you solve your problems with managing your social media platforms. Drop in with your laptop or tablet and we'll try to show you where you can make changes and improvements. There will be an opportunity to share your social media experiences with others to get tips and recommendations.

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17th October 16:00-18:00Discuss Digital: Social Media Marketing (Shepton Mallet)

Join Tamsin Hewer, for an informal and open discussion about anything related to Social Media marketing. Bring along your facebook, Instagram, twitter etc queries, share your experiences and learn from each other. Whether you're asking about what, when, where, how or even why to post, no question is too small for this friendly forum. Tamsin will be serving up her professional advice for any problems you've encountered or anticipate alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.

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2nd November 09:30-12:30Build your Business with Blogging - FREE workshop (Wells)

How does blogging help your business? How do you start a business blog? How do you make your blog successful? In this workshop you will learn how to build a business blog around your brand, publish your content consistently, market it to your target audience and measure the results. You will learn all the tips and tricks needed to create an engaging, authentic resource in Wordpress, earning you money and improving your reputation.

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9th November 17:00-19:00Business IT anything - FREE digital drop in (Wells)

Simon from Green Man Computers will be on hand to answer any of your business IT questions - from connectivity and apps to software, hardware and selling online. Simon is a fountain of information with a friendly smile - no question too big or small and everything explained in plain english - no computer jargon! Improve your efficiency, learn about free and paid for resources, find out where you can save money or find out about any IT related purchases and questions you can think of.

Book Here

21st November 16:00-18:00

Discuss Digital: Xero and cloud bookkeeping apps - FREE session (Shepton Mallet)Join Simon from Green Man Computers, for an informal and open discussion about anything related to cloud bookkeeping apps. Bring along your queries, share your experiences and learn from each other. No question is too small or big for this friendly forum. Simon will be serving up his professional, impartial advice for any problems you've encountered or anticipate alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.

Book Here

11th January 09:30-12:30

Getting your branding right - FREE digital drop in (Wells)Join Louisa from Ilona Designs to talk through all things branding - including colours, fonts and how your potential customers perceive these. Bring along your logos and branding for dicsussion or talk through any ideas you may have about new images for your new or existing business.Book Here
16th January 16:00-18:00

Discuss Digital: Can you improve your Google ranking? FREE session (Shepton Mallet)

Join Tamsin Hewer, for an informal and open discussion about anything related to getting found on Google AKA Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Repeatedly looking at your own website can give you the impression that it appears high on Google, but this isn't always the case. Carry out an independent search for your website and pick up tips on how to be found by more potential customers. Bring along your queries, share your experiences and learn from each other. Tamsin will be serving up her professional advice alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.Book Here

1st February 09:30-12:30

Better Business Branding: Logos & Beyond - FREE workshop (Wells)What is your brand actually about? What does your logo signify? And is it attracting the kind of people you want to do business with, while retaining the people already loyal to your business? In this workshop we dig deeper into what makes one logo more successful than another, so you can avoid costly mistakes and start attracting the right customers. We also look beyond logos and discover ways of applying branding principals across your entire business.Book Here

20th February 16:00-18:00 

Discuss Digital: IT Anything - FREE session (Shepton Mallet)

Join Simon from Green Man Computers, for an informal and open discussion about anything related to your business IT questions. From connectivity and apps to software, hardware and selling online. Simon is a fountain of information with a friendly smile - no question too big or small and everything explained in plain English - no computer jargon! Improve your efficiency, learn about free and paid for resources, find out where you can save money or find out about any IT related purchases and questions you can think of. Simon will be serving up his professional, impartial advice for any problems you've encountered or anticipate alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.

Book Here

1st March 09:30-12:30

Marketing Automation Made Easy - FREE workshop (Wells)Email campaigns done right. Learn how to expertly create automated emails, so your business is still working even when you're not. Keep your customers engaged by sending targeted emails using easily created automated sequences in Mailchimp. You will learn how to nurture a loyal email subscriber base and create sales without being sales-y.Book Here

20th March 16:00-18:00

Discuss Digital: Planning your social media marketing - FREE session (Shepton Mallet)

Join Tamsin Hewer, for an informal and open discussion about planning out your social media marketing. Discuss your ideas for any upcoming marketing campaigns, how to implement them, what works well and any other queries you may have. Tamsin will be serving up her professional advice alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.Book Here

19th April 16:00-18:00

Discuss Digital: How to get the most out of your online shop - FREE session (Shepton Mallet)

Join Simon from Green Man Computers, for an informal and open discussion about how to get the most out of your Ebay, Amazon or other online stores. No question too big or small and everything explained in plain English - no computer jargon! Simon can also offer impartial advice on anything business IT related. Simon will be serving up his professional, impartial advice for any problems you've encountered or anticipate alongside light snacks to help you get stuck in.

Book Here

3rd May 09:30-12:30

Digital Marketing Masterclass - FREE workshop (Wells)The complete marketing package to create sales from your online audience. This workshop teaches you everything you need to know to make a splash in the digital world. Covers goal setting, ideal client avatars, sales funnels, planning, tracking, analysing and much more. You will be armed with all the knowledge you need to start your own flourishing digital marketing campaign.Book Here

Enterprise Mendip - a partnership between Mendip District Council and Mendip's Chambers of Commerce - ran an extensive programme of digital training with participating local Chamber's of Commerce to give local businesses the knowledge, skills, professional advice and practical plans to grow by improving the digital performance.   

The next part of the programme is currently being co-ordinated and will be updated here, through our newsletter ( sign up here) and via Twitter when finalised. 


Other resources

Google's Digital Garage is a free resource with information and courses on everything from search to social media, to help you grow your business or career.  For more information and to register for a free account, visit https://digitalgarage.withgoogle.com/

Barclays Digital Wings is a free and fun learning tool designed to help the next generation through the development and growth of digital confidence and business enhancement.

Natwest has partnered with Entrepreneurial Spark to provide up and coming entrepreneurs with the chance to apply for free access to business accelerator hubs across the UK in NatWest.

If you know of any other free digital support programmes or any time saving, up and coming apps that could benefit our businesses or would like to register your interest in the next part of the programme please email: kelly.knight@mendip.gov.uk