This is just an initial checklist which we hope will be valuable in helping you clarify your thinking and help you to prioritize some activities in your start-up planning.
One of our philosophies is there are no mysteries in business or in life; there’s just information you don’t know yet.
So we aim to help you prepare as well as you can through our SPARK Start Programme. We know you will need to make changes and corrections but armed with the right strategies up front we aim to assist you to cut the time it will take you to successfully get to your ultimate destination – wherever that maybe for you and your business.
Whether you are self-employed, part of a team or thinking of setting up for the first time – our SPARK Start Programme will help you take the next steps in business.
As a resident member of SPARK your first week commences with an introduction to SPARK incubator and its regional centres. You will also hear about the workshops, tools, training and support the SPARK team will offer you.
For the first 6 months you will be supported, challenged and guided towards growing your business or developing your idea. You will receive regular and meetings with the SPARK team to help you set and meet your goals. You will be provided with access to our mentors, advisors and support services, which can help you to build a robust action plan and accelerate the development of your idea or business into a commercial enterprise.
You will have the opportunity to attend workshops covering raising finance, start-up resources, initial marketing, employment and investment. You will be actively encouraged to attend clinics run by our ambassadors such as the Growth Hub, The Chamber of Commerce, Santander, RBS etc. and where appropriate encouraged to participate in showcasing opportunities and investment days.
Crucially you will also be introduced to your fellow SPARKIES!
SPARK will provide you with as many opportunities as we can but it’s up to you to take them and capitalise on them. SPARK’s goal is to help you grow your business as our mission is to retain creative and tech talent in the local area thus attracting investment to the Black Country, Staffordshire and The Marches.
For the different memberships of SPARK please click here.