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One-to-one business surgeries: Tuesday 6 June

Would your business benefit from a health check to prove you’re on the right development path? Are you thinking of starting up a new business or expanding an existing one? Is there a particular problem you’d like some advice on?

Book a free 20-minute one-to-one business surgery session with an industry expert. We have a range of professionals on hand throughout Tuesday 6 June during Dacorum Business Week 2017 to provide tailored advice on a range of key areas, including:

  • start-up advice
  • tax and payroll
  • HR and employee relations
  • commercial, employment and property law
  • exporting and international trade
  • marketing
  • business rates
  • accounting 
  • skills and apprenticeships

Venue: The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

To book: Email sue.pilgrim@dacorum.gov.uk and specify which expert from the list below you’d like to consult, along with your preferred time slot.

Meet the experts

Choose an expert from the list below.

Start-ups, business growth and accounts:

Melody O'Donnell, MRO Accounts

Time available: 9am to 5pm
Specialises in:

  • Structuring a new business (sole trader, partnership or limited company)
  • Preparing a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets and trading forecasts
  • Assessing finance requirements and working with banks
  • Registration procedures (Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs)
  • Company secretarial issues
  • Setting up recording systems

Also provides advice on:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • Payroll
  • VAT

Human resources

Ruth George, HR Consulting

Time available: 10am to 2.30pm
Specialises in: 

  • Staff handbooks: policies and procedures
  • Employee relations advice: investigations, disciplinaries, grievances, appeals
  • Compensation and benefits/reward: salary benchmarking, job evaluation, sales incentives, reward and recognition schemes
  • Restructuring and redundancies
  • Performance reviews/appraisals

Business law

Sarah Liddiard, Company Commercial Solicitor and Santokh Singh, Commercial Property Solicitor, from Machins Solicitors

Time available: 9am-5pm
Specialises in:

Legal advice on a range of business matters, including:

  • Business structure
  • Data protection
  • Intellectual property
  • Consumers
  • Insurance
  • Property

Business Rates

Myles O'Brien, Aitchison Raffety

Time available: 10am-5pm
Specialises in:

  • Business rates
  • 2010 and 2017 assessments
  • Rates audit and budgeting

Business Growth through Innovation

Sunil Mistry, Exemplas

Time available: 10am-5pm
Specialises in:

  • Support for established businesses with a new innovative product or service to bring to market
  • Innovate 2 Succeed (I2S)

Employment law

Peggy Barnard, Barnard and Co

Time available: 10am-5pm
Specialises in:

Employment law related advice, including:

  • Employment status
  • Contracts of employment
  • Key employment legislation
  • Termination of employment
  • Restraint of trade and confidentiality
  • Employment litigation

International trade

Vincenzo Pampararo, Department for International Trade (the UK Government department that supports UK businesses to export abroad)

Time available: 9am-5pm
Specialises in:

  • Finding overseas buyers or distributors
  • International market intelligence
  • Organising trade missions and events
  • Training and upskilling
  • Funding
  • Putting businesses directly in touch with Commercial Officers in British Embassies worldwide

Marketing and business advice

Elinor Martell, Executive Business Coach

Time available: 9am-5pm
Specialises in:

  • Marketing
  • Business advice
  • Coaching for business owners and senior management

Skills and apprenticeships

Caroline Cartwright, Hertfordshire Growth Hub

Growth Hub

Time available: 10am-4pm
Specialises in:

  • Apprenticeships and funding
  • Accessing skilled staff
  • Developing staff skills
  • Accessing fully funded training programmes

Networking and business support

Mary Palmer, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Time available: 10am-4pm
Specialises in:

  • Networking and business support
  • Find out how your local Chamber of Commerce can help your business