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Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The Workshop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

  • How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
  • Registering your business with the tax authorities
  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Managing Cashflow
  • Importance of good Credit Control
  • Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
  • Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this Workshop, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting requirements of a small business.

Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2i90XmE

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Image result for louth leoThis course is ideal for small businesses who are looking to learn to be more familiar with Twitter’s functionality and want to generate leads and business from the micro-blogging platform.

  • Understand Twitter terminology
  • Discover different free tools available
  • How to measure the reach of your tweets
  • Local ‘Twitter chats’
  • Twitter advertising
  • Twitter analytics

Outcome

On completion participants will have knowledge of tools and methods to increase and extend the reach of their businesses through Twitter

Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2iaF0XP 

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Employees are the biggest resource for a business. Often they are also the biggest cost facing a leo_w_tagline_cmyk_small_1business. Understanding the entitlements of each employee is vital.

Learn which employee records should be kept to ensure compliance for WRC inspections. Understand how to manage difficult employee situations.
Understand which type of employment contract is appropriate for each role. In this session we will refer to the key employment statutes and consider what requirements these impose on the employer, including:

  • Organisation of Working Time
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work
  • Payment of Wages
  • Terms of Employment
  • Data Protection
  • Equality
  • Unfair Dismissals
  • Industrial Relations
  • Contracts, permanent, part-time, fixed-term, fixed-purpose…
  • Managing complaints in the workplace
  • Employee policies/handbook

Date: Thursday 8th of December 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2anEPDG

Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basicleo_w_tagline_cmyk_small_1 requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The Workshop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

  • How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
  • Registering your business with the tax authorities
  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Managing Cashflow
  • Importance of good Credit Control
  • Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
  • Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this Workshop, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting
requirements of a small business.

Date: Thursday 10th November 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

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LEO logoAre you a start up entrepreneur or interested in leaving employment? Have you been unemployed and have a business idea and considering
starting your own business? This interactive workshop will focus on the essential elements required when starting a business, including what is required when approaching financial service providers.

 

  • The workshop will review business plan templates and outline a draft plan relevant to a specific business
  • Identify the high level financial requirements necessary for starting a business
  • Have clear objectives on the next steps that are essential to start a business.

The key elements of the workshop are:

  • What is the business idea
  • Create an Executive Summary
  • What are the human resources required
  • Who are the principal suppliers
  • Consider the financial supports required
  • Clarity on Product / Services and target market
  • Why Market Research should be completed
  • What is the route to market
  • How to complete a SWOT analysis
  • How to secure required funding

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: €20

Tickets: http://bit.ly/29XpCa8

View Writing a Business Plan pdf >

LEO logoSo you’ve just completed, or are about to complete, your first year of trading as a Sole Trader. You’ve been putting it off for a while, but it can’t wait any longer – you must start preparing to file your first income tax return!

This course will provide an overview of all aspects of the process for completing your return. You will be guided through the sections of an income tax return form and the information you will need to complete it. In addition we will discuss timing of submission and payment and what happens if you miss the deadline or inadvertently submit incorrect information.

The course will address the following:

  • What period of trading do I include in my return
  • When do I need to file a preliminary tax return and pay preliminary tax
  • When do I need to file my tax return and pay the income tax
  • What forms need to be completed and by when
  • What information do I need to complete the form
  • Should I complete my own tax return
  • What happens if I’m late filing
  • What happens if I make a mistake

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the steps involved in filing an income tax return.

Date: Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

Book online at www.localenterprise.ie/louth or contact Local Enterprise Office Louth, Town Hall, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042-9324185 email: info@leo.louthcoco.ie

View Filing Your Income Tax Returns pdf here>

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LEO logoWhether you are starting up in business or growing your business, you need a business plan. This plan will provide the roadmap to achieve the success that you want. The question shouldn’t be if you write your plan, but how to write a business plan that will take your company where you want it to go.

This course will provide an overview of all aspects of writing a business plan for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the required elements of the business plan and you will be walked through each section of a business plan.

The basic fundamentals of a Business Plan includes being able to address the following:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Products or Services
  • Market Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Management Summary
  • Financial Analysis
  • Appendices and Supporting Information

We will also look at the target audience for Your Business Plan. The potential readers of a business plan can be varied including bankers, investors and business stakeholders and should be prepared accordingly. For example, bankers tend to be more formal than potential business investors and are more concerned with financial strength than exciting concepts and impressive opportunities. For these readers, you will want to give more attention to balance sheets and cash flow statements.

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course you will be equipped to start writing a draft business plan for your business. Attendees will also be given sample business plan layouts that you can use for your Business Plan.

Course: How to Write a Business Plan

Date: Thursday 21st April 2016

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00

Places are limited so book your tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/1PzA8o3

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LEO logoWhether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The work-shop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

  • How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
  • Registering your business with the tax authorities
  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Managing Cashflow
  • Importance of good Credit Control
  • Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
  • Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner

Attendee Outcome:

On completing this course, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting requirements of a small business.

Date: Thursday, 11th February

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Newtown Link Road, Greenhills

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00

Places are limited, please book your tickets in advance

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LEO logoBasic Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is fundamental to your online presence. Using good SEO practices can help you position your website properly – enabling your business to be found when potential buyers are looking to buy products or services that you sell.

Topics covered include:

  • What are search engines looking for?
  • How can you build your website in a way that will please both your visitors/customers?
  • Google, Bing, and other search engines?
  • How can SEO help your web presence become more profitable?
  • What does it take to “get to the top” of search engine results?
  • Learn about the basics to improve your web site’s searchability:
  • Learn about the following terms that will help your website ranking including:
  • SEO image tagging best practices
  • Mobile friendliness
  • Social media engagement
  • The “Google Algorithm”

Attendee Outcome:

Have a good understanding of what it is that affects your website ranking and how to improve your website rankings using effective measures.

Course: Search Engine Optimisation: The Basics

Date: Thursday, 28th April; 10:30am – 13:30

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda

Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20.00

 

Places are limited, please book your tickets in advance: http://bit.ly/1TiXuRf

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imagesEver had a great business idea and wondered how about making it a reality? Wonder no more.

As part of Local Enterprise Week Louth you are invited to an Ideas Development workshop.

In this very practical and highly engaging workshop, Joanne Hession will work with local people who want to explore ideas they have for a new business. She will also work with people who are already in business but have ideas on how to expand their product or service offering.

Joanne will examine where ideas come from, what makes a great business idea, new ideas and trends, progressing or ditching your idea, finding the right business model and taking your idea to the next stage. You will leave this workshop with a selection of tools and techniques that you can use to develop your business idea.

An award winning business leader, Joanne Hession is the author of “Don’t Get A Job, Build A Business”. Her company, QED Training, has worked with entrepreneurs and start-up companies across the country to equip business people with the knowledge and skills they need to build a great business.

Admission: FREE

Date: Wednesday, 9th March

Time: 9:00am-12:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Pre-booking is essential, so book register your interest now: http://bit.ly/1PWW5Pv 

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