Dragon's Den panellist visits Cobham for business skills course
ONE of the original Dragons' Den panellists will teach budding entrepreneurs how to turn a hobby into a business.Doug Richard, who appeared in the first two series of the BBC program, will be holding a two day course at the Cobham Hilton Hotel on June 11 and 12 to train startups in how to turn their creative ideas into a full time business.He will be joined by a team of business experts to explain how to build an effective business model, sell a product or service online, find customers through the web and market as a small business.Mr Richard said: "Creative businesses contribute 6% of GDP and employ over 2 million people, and are set to contribute as much as £85bn of added value to the economy by 2013. I believe that by nurturing businesses in the creative sector we can help to boost growth."With the Creative Country Business course, I want to harness the enthusiasm of this country's creative talent and help to provide them with the business acumen to make an impact on both our society and the economy."Through presentations, case studies, one-on-one business analysis and e-learning courses, those taking part will learn practical commercial skills that can be applied to their own creative business.Visit Mr Richard's website www.schoolforstartups.co.uk for more information.
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