Some free training for 2011

Fierce Earth has been delivering free training under the “Metapod” brand for a number of years. We have worked with a number of organisations and individuals who have gone on to create successful creative businesses and careers.

In these difficult times for publically funded work, the age of free or low cost training is coming to an end. Here are a few we know about, but we’re not sure if they’ll still be available from April so get them while you can;


Business Link West Midlands are providing 3 free half-day workshops on talent management, effective financial management and customer care, with booking essential for each. Places can be reserved through or 0845 113 1234. Descriptions, dates and venues are as follows:

Talent Management – the key to successful business growth

Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time? Does your business have a ‘5-year’ plan? Or is this the last thing on your mind?

It’s never too late to prepare your business for the future, especially in today’s current climate. This workshop explores the importance of succession planning for your business and evaluating the talent management of your people – ensuring that you are prepared for today, tomorrow and beyond.

Using a mixture of case studies, our presenters will show you how to create a practical strategy which helps you to start assessing your current workforce, identify skills gaps and draw an action plan to implement steps to secure your business’s growth potential.

Delivered by: Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship on behalf of Business Link West Midlands
Time: 9.15am – 1pm

Dates and Venues

1st February 2011 Sapphire Meeting and Training Facilities, 1 The Gardens, Coleshill Manor, Birmingham, B46 1DL

10th March 2011 Ramada Birmingham, Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1LH

The Guide to Effective Financial Management

Understanding the importance of effective financial management is key; even if you have an accountant, it is absolutely vital to have a handle on the figures that affect your business. This half-day workshop is designed to give you an understanding of how the numbers behave in the past, the present and the future, to help you ‘talk finance’ with accountants, bank managers and colleagues.

Delivered by: Tim Kidson on behalf of Business Link West Midlands
Time: 9.15am – 1pm

Dates and Venues

27th January 2011 The Centennial Centre, 100 Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston, B16 0AA

3rd March 2011 Ramada Birmingham Solihull, The Square, Solihull, B91 3RF

Customer Care Success for Business

The customer is always right – fact. And there is no doubt that the customer should be at the heart of every business strategy. Yet it often seems that businesses focus on customers as an afterthought.

This half-day workshop is specifically designed to help you understand why customers are so important and how to build strong, profitable and loyal relationships with them.

Delivered by: RPCM Management Consultants on behalf of Business Link West Midlands
Time: 9.15am – 1pm

Date and Venue

8th February 2011 The Saffron Centre, 256 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 0BS

For other free courses provided by Business Link the website is here.

For emerging organisations in the screen, digital media sectors who want support in writing bids, pitches and application for public funding, Switchboard are running a training day on Tuesday 18th January in Birmingham. Places are still available, the cost is £25, and details can be found at HERE. Contact to apply or for more details.


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