Start-up and Small Business Academy Graduation

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Date: 15/12/2023

Division: GBCC

Venue: Smoke + Ash

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It’s time to celebrate!!!

We would like to recognise those who joined the first cohort from the Start-up and Small Business Academy at our Academy Graduation.

We will be recognising individual achievements and those who have been selected for a 2-hour 1 to 1 mentoring session with our experts as well the crowning the overall Academy Star! 


  • 10.30 to 10.45am Arrival and networking
  • 10.45am to 11.00am Keynote Speaker 
  • 11.00am to 11.30am Graduations awards
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm Buffet, drinks and networking

About the start-up and small business academy 

"Our Start-Up and Small Business Academy ensures our members have free access to the expertise that can help them best develop their businesses. At the Chamber, we want to use our network to connect our small business members to the highest quality advice, insight and support to help them on their journeys". - Henrietta Brealey, CEO GBCC

The Academy’s aim is to support strong business growth and provide access to regional leading experts on key business knowledge pillars. It is a structured programme of workshops plus peer support and an opportunity to be mentored upon completing the programme.

who is the academy ideal for?

  • Businesses looking for bite-size but in-depth business sessions from experts on challenging areas that could be holding them back
  • Businesses needing a refresher on key business basics and looking to gain new insights from experts
  • Businesses looking to create a structure for growth who have started within the last 12 months
  • Businesses that would benefit from the support and accountability of their peers and are in the start-up phase

The Academy offers 6 in-person half-day in-depth modules, with leading experts giving you their advice and insights for free, saving you valuable time and money. 

completed Programme in 2023:

  • Business Planning and Growth
  • Financial Forecasting and Cashflow
  • Marketing
  • Productivity and Processes
  • Closing Sales with Ease
  • People Management and Mindset

The academy is by application only. If you would like further information and to apply for a place on the next academy please email

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