The Hope Minority Business Support Programme (HMBSP) is designed to ensure the survival and growth of black and minority ethnic businesses (BME) in critically challenging times. It is not a business start-up programme. The HMBSP is specifically designed for owner/managers of businesses (and/or members of their families who help them in their business) in the BME communities in Merseyside that are facing unexpected and new issues in increasingly difficult economic and competitive conditions.
Course length: 2 days
The programme is built around a core process whereby each participant works with experienced mentors to create a strategy for their own business and a plan to implement that strategy, in collaboration with business advisers from Liverpool Hope University’s Business School. Additionally a ‘community adviser system’ will assure peer support. To enable this, the HMBSP consists of a simple structure:
• Obtaining and managing credit and dealing with financial institutions: preparing a Business Case
• Developing IT skills starting with word processing, spreadsheets, databases etc
• Staff management, basic employment law relating to family members and non-family employees
• Bookkeeping and maintaining financial records
• Marketing and selling: basics of creating a brand
• Security (detecting and dealing with shop lifting, stock shrinkage, ensuring security of customers etc).
Continuing Professional Development Officer
+44 (0) 151 291 2157
+44 (0) 7740 174027