A couple of days ago, I participated in an exhibition "Harrow Means Business". It was an excellent opportunity to interact with various types of businesses, startup, small, medium businesses. Different sort of industries; home care, children care, export, charities, apprenticeships, accountancy, law, printing, travel, art, health & wellness products, and many more. The Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Mr Rajesh Agrawal was also present to share their business vision. Support for businesses is there in education, employment and funding, putting a roadmap for improving various infrastructure.
As a first time participant, in a well-established initiative, my feedback is that they were outstanding. The effort that the Council are taking to help different businesses is of great value. Creating accessible platforms for potential business owners to share their concerns, ask for support, and have someone to help them out. I saw Ms Bali Rai and the team running round the clock to support the community, answer questions, asking for feedback offering help to make sure everyone benefited to the maximum.
There was lots of energy and positivity in that event. Everyone was smiling, welcoming. In the panels, there were lots of questions and answers, which added to a better understanding of what the audience was seeking.
Towards the end of the extended event, 8:00 am till 5:00 pm, participants were asked for their feedback and comments, with the intentions to improve year on year.
Trying to help the community explore their potential, grow their businesses, are great entrepreneurial initiatives to set those startups on the right track.
My advice would be:
1. Know what is your business vision, keep it handy so that you can refer to it at any point in time
2. Prepare a business plan, and keep track of it
3. Research the target you are marketing to
4. Define your proposition
5. Test and measure
All that you need to do is ask, there are different ways to know more, the Internet, books, videos, professional help, and many other.