Free Business Start Up Support

Dodd & Co, working in conjunction with the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, are now running a free business start up course from our Rosehill office in Carlisle and another from Newton Rigg in Penrith. This 3 day course is specifically designed for those who are thinking of becoming self employed or those who have a business in the early years of trading.

The course is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and each of the 3 days will provide valuable information and the ‘know how’ to get your business off the ground and keep it there:

Day One – Business Planning, Sustainability & Self Employment Issues

  • What is self-employment and what does it mean?
  • What is your business?
  • What is a business plan?
  • What else?

Day Two – Marketing, Social Media, Promotion, Sales & Pricing

  • Creating a marketing plan
  • The ‘how’ of marketing
  • Setting a selling price

Day Three – Finance, Bookkeeping, Business Banking & Credit Control

  • What is bookkeeping?
  • Tax and Self employment
  • Business account advice
  • Credit control

If you are interested and think you and your business would benefit from attending one of our courses please get in touch with Lesley Robinson on lesleyr@cumbriachamber.co.uk to check your eligibility and book your place.

Click here to see the thoughts of those who have sat the course already.

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Dodd & Co have been our company accountants for around 18 years. Our principal contact is Alan McViety a Partner with Dodd & Co. I believe in robust financial management for our business therefore Alan and I have worked very closely throughout that time, meeting at least monthly producing MMI and developing forecasts and forward projections. Alan has always been very professional, responsive and understands our business very well allowing him to engage in meaningful discussion and provide considered advice. We use Dodd & Co for all financial matters and this regularly includes VAT and Tax Planning specialist advice which we receive from Faye Armstrong (VAT Partner) and Dean Johnston (Tax Partner) working alongside Alan, Faye and Dean are really good to work with, again they ensure they understand the particular matters and objectives clearly from the outset ensuring they can deliver the right solution or options which are always substantive and clear. I believe business is all about relationships and on personal experience can highly recommend Dodd & Co to be really nice people, highly professional, very responsive, they afford great care to their clients and take pride in their work and the advice & services they provide.
-- Martyn Boak, Northern Developments (Cumbria) Limited