Business events

Community business advice service

StartUp Saturdays @ The Curve

Are you thinking of starting your own business?

StartUp Saturdays @ The Curve is a series of business start up workshops for local people interested in starting a business.

The workshops are free to attend and are designed to be an interactive way of helping you test, plan and launch your own business.

Workshop timetable

Dates Workshop Venue and time
8 September 2018 Exploring and protecting your business idea The Curve,
10am-12pm
6 October 2018 How to use simple market research techniques
3 November 2018 How to write your business plan part
1 December 2018 How to write your business plan part 2, finance and funding
2 February 2019 How to register your business
2 March 2019 How to develop a sales and marketing plan
6 April 2019 How to promote your business online
11 May 2019 How to effectively pitch your business idea

Previous business experience is not needed, though participants should have a business idea and be IT literate with basic experience in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel software and common web browsers.

Places on workshops are limited. To book your place on a workshop(s) of choice please email lifelonglearning@slough.gov.uk or call 01753 476611.

Breakfast@Aspire

Drop in and make Breakfast@Aspire your start to a great day!

Breakfast@Aspire - the only regular networking event on Slough Trading Estate

Date: On the last Wednesday of every month
Time: 8.30am - 10am
Venue: Aspire Centre, 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough Trading Estate SL1 4TU
Entry: Free

You are invited to join your Business Neighbours over a light breakfast with tea & coffee, share business news, discuss Slough economic trends, talk about examples of best practice and forge new business links.

  • Build relationships with influential professionals.
  • Raise your profile in the local business community.
  • Meet key people who will help your business.
  • Develop a local supply chain & increase your customer base.

Parking at Slough Aspire is very limited but please use the free parking available just minutes away at Malton Avenue car park and the Buckingham Centre.

Pop Up Office

Venue: Aspire Centre
Address: 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, SL1 4TU
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 1pm to 5pm

From budding entrepreneurs looking for a professional space to meet a client, to sales reps looking for a place to touch down and work between meetings, or home based workers looking for a change of scenery and a chance to do some networking, everyone is welcome!

Pop Up Office Services

  • Friendly, eco feel, open plan workspace
  • Wi-Fi access:
  • O2 Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Copy & Print Facilities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Refreshments
  • Only £5!

While you're working at the Pop Up Office why not take advantage of one of these great services?

Business Growth Drop-In

Date: twice a month, every other Thursday

Open advisory clinics are held right here at Slough Aspire twice a month, every other Thursday.

They are here to provide information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience to help local businesses to scale up and grow.

Business Funding Drop-In

Are you a small business wanting to know more about the finance options available to you? If yes, then please come along to the drop-in clinics held at Slough Aspire and speak with Tim.

Tim will be available to answer your funding questions and cover topics including:

  • business plans
  • access to finance
  • cash flow projections

Room 350

If you’ve experienced the Pop Up Office and are looking for more time in a co-working environment, why not check out Room 350, a fantastic co-working space in the 1st floor above Slough Aspire. Room 350, a social enterprise venture operated by Creative Junction, offers affordable desk space, meeting room, and a range of support services.

Economic growth conference 2016

Over 120 people attended Slough Borough Council’s second annual economic growth conference and networking lunch on 15 March 2016. It was a great success as it highlighted the growth potential of its economy to key partners, stakeholders and businesses.

Presentations from the speakers

Workshops