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Leaders of start-up workshops at Norfolk innovation hubs give their top tips for success

Hethel Engineering Centre 10th anniversary.

Hethel Engineering Centre 10th anniversary. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Two Norfolk innovation hubs are hosting a programme of workshops for start-ups, entrepreneurs and inventors.

The free, four-part Activate series is running at both Hethel Engineering Centre and Scottow Enterprise Park through March.

Based on the Lean Start-up method, which applies a scientific approach to establishing and growing a business, the sessions will cover how to develop a product, understanding what drives your business, building and testing a business model and the basics of starting a company.

The evening sessions will take place at Hethel Engineering Centre on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 and at Scottow Enterprise Park on March 8, 15, 22 and 29.

The programmes were due to begin on February 28 and March 1 but were postponed due to adverse weather.

For more information contact Abygail Hadley at or 01953 425163.

Here are some top tips for start-ups from the workshop leads, Will Taitt, Aaron Hunter and Abygail Hadley:

Find good customers: Remember the most important opinions about your business aren’t yours, they’re your customers. Seek out those customers who’ll give real feedback, and go with you on your journey.

Get really good at a few things: Too many aspiring entrepreneurs try to offer too much, and lose their message in the noise. To establish your foothold in a market, get good at doing what your customers really want.

Chase a big vision: All businesses are a set of small things you do every day, but make sure that those small things contribute to a larger, more ambitious strategy.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help: There are loads of organisations in the area who can support your new business with advice, guidance, and even money.

Join a network: If you can, find a network of like-minded people who you can run ideas and questions past.

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