Business Bootcamp Webinars

The Business Bootcamp series comprises 24 free, open-access, pre-recorded webinars delivered by business experts, each around 45 minutes to an hour long. It aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ business skills, financial literacy and knowledge on growth and investment options.

Each webinar is geared around a topic like understanding business models and registration formalities, accounting and book-keeping, financial services, assessing  business health, costing and pricing, managing credit and debit, and – crucially for the current era – planning for ups and downs.

These resources were originally developed for the Foundation’s Skilling for Change programme in Rwanda, delivered with Accenture and CARE International. It used digital technology to support over 16,000 women to turn their micro enterprises into profitable and sustainable businesses.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with an overview of the main business models that are available and to make you aware of the various registration formalities that may apply in your country, as well as provide some basic principles for entering into contracts. By the end of this session, you will understand the business entity options, compare the advantages for each business model and know that there are formalities for registering your business.

Our speaker, Joanna Tall, is an expert with over 20 years of experience advising clients on all things that make a business tick and founder of an online law firm for women entrepreneurs.

The webinar will be looking at book-keeping skills. It will explain essential book-keeping systems you can use in your business and provide tips on managing your cash flow and working capital. The webinar will cover the difference between book-keeping and accounting, de-mystify different financial terms and introduce essential book-keeping systems. By the end of this session, you will be able to approach your accounts with confidence.

Our speaker, Gillian Hayter, is an expert in training and development and runs a consultancy business focusing on employability, enterprise and careers.

This webinar will help you understand the financial statements you need to effectively manage your business including the balance sheet, income and cash flow, and how you use them in your enterprise.

Our speaker, Gillian Hayter, is an expert in training and development who runs a consultancy business focused on employability, enterprise and careers. By the end of this session, you will be able to decode complex statements in order to ensure the smooth running of your business.

This webinar shows some simple ways to think about and manage money in business, and the positive impact that following these steps can have on your enterprise. It will cover key financial terms, different techniques to understand and manage your money and the importance of budgeting.

Our speaker, Bob Windmill, is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience, on understanding how to manage your money effectively within your business. By the end of this session, you will understand the importance of managing your money and learn practical methods to implement in your business.

This webinar will concentrate on the importance of the business planning process and walk you through how to develop an effective business plan, both for internal and external use.

Our speaker, Hiroo Chothia, is an experienced international management consultant, executive coach and business mentor with over 30 years of experience. By the end of this session, you will have practical steps to help you develop a robust business plan and avoid common errors associated with business planning.

This webinar will concentrate on how to develop a growth strategy, outline growth options and evaluate which growth options are right for your business.

Our speaker, Hiroo Chothia, is an experienced international management consultant, executive coach and business mentor with over 30 years of experience. By the end of this session, you will understand how to conduct strategic analysis to inform your growth strategy and the importance of getting a return on investment when growing your business, and be well equipped to assess which option is most appropriate for you.

This module will focus on the different options for financing, focusing on what banks offer, and how to assess if they are right for your financing needs.

Our speaker, Estelle Brack, is a senior economist specialising in banking and financial issues. By the end of this session, you will be able to understand the bank’s own objectives and decide if what the bank offers is suitable for your business needs.

This module will focus on what private investing is (and what it is not), what the potential advantages/disadvantages are, what important information is needed before deciding to get investors on board, and will provide tips for making it happen when this financing option is chosen. The webinar will also cover the advantages and disadvantages of angel investors, venture capitalists and angel group investors.

Our speaker, Audra Shallal, is the Founder and Managing Director of BOSS Consulting and a head of various entrepreneurship programmes. By the end of this session, you will deepen your understanding of private investors and will be able to review which choice is right for you.

This webinar will further your knowledge regarding what banks are looking for when financing enterprises and cover practical tips on how to prepare and respond to their expectations.

Our speaker, Estelle Brack, is a senior economist specialising in banking and financial issues. By the end of this session, you will be aware of the importance of building transparency and confidence with your banker and be in the position to assess any potential risks.

The webinar will highlight some of the key steps involved in developing an effective pitch, and will help you understand investors’ expectations, and how to pitch to them.

Our speaker, Audra Shallal, is the Founder and Managing Director of BOSS Consulting and a head of various entrepreneurship programmes. At the end of this session, you will have enhanced your skills to pitch to and engage investors in the marketplace, so they want to know more about your project and become interested in investing.

This webinar will provide you with in-depth knowledge on how to prepare for an investor or bank meeting, from what you need to take with you to how you can cope with any setbacks. You will learn about the essential soft skills needed when preparing for a meeting with a prospective lender or investor.

Our expert, Sreela Banerjee, is an expert with over 30 years’ experience, including in the London Stock Exchange and running her own private consultancy business. Sreela will cover the basics, such as which papers and forms you must bring, but also give you the confidence that will enable you to negotiate with your investor and get the right deal for your business. By the end of this session, you will feel prepared for the meeting and be able to benefit from the experience regardless of the outcome.

This webinar will focus on how to communicate with your lender and will help you to deal with the funding you have received with confidence, so that you will benefit from this income and stay compliant with your lender’s expectations.

Our speaker, Sreela Banerjee, is an expert with over 30 years’ experience, including in the London Stock Exchange and running her own private consultancy business. Following on from Sreela’s previous webinar, this session will guide you through the steps to take once you have been successful in gaining funding. By the end of this session, you will be able to make the most of this financial opportunity and demonstrate to the lender that you are ‘a safe pair of hands’.

The purpose of this webinar is to take you through the reasons and ways to assess the financial health of your enterprise.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand the benefit of a financial assessment, understand how assessment can help you maintain your business more successfully and develop an action plan for assessment.

Our speaker, Gilian Hayter, following a career in training and development, established her own consultancy – Reboot Ltd which focuses on employability, enterprise and careers. She looks after a variety of UK and international clients providing coaching and training in these areas.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with the basic building blocks for using financial statements for decision making. Covering a broad spectrum from understanding common financial terms to reviewing key financial statements and their uses, this webcast will give you a solid foundation in financial statements.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand and apply the common financial terms used in business, use financial statements for decision making and understand different users’ perspectives, leverage financial statements to analyse business performance including profitability, solvency and efficiency.

Our speaker, Kavi Kumar, is an international banker/practitioner and trainer with global cross border experience in loans, bonds and financial markets and has had a banking and financial services career spanning over 12 years with top tier banks including Citibank, BNP Paribas and Barclays in UK, Europe and Asia. Kavi also runs her own business lecturing at institutions such as the University of Cambridge, European Investment Bank and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on key topics in finance, business and strategy, has an MBA in Finance and Strategy at the London Business School, a First Class Honours Degree in Finance and Strategy at the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

The purpose of this webinar is to show you simple ways of understanding and managing money in business.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand the Money Cycle and the key financial terms, understand how to set up a budget and understand why and how to monitor a budget.

Our speaker, Bob Windmill, has 30 years experience of working with people, having started out washing up test tubes in a laboratory and ended up running his own business. He has had 9 jobs in 26 years in the water industry and is now an entrepreneur, a MSc, MBA, and a Chartered Scientist.

The purpose of this webinar is to familiarise you with the objectives, techniques, ideas and considerations of costing and pricing.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand the principles of costing and related calculations, distinguish between direct and overhead costs, distinguish between fixed and variable costs, and calculate break-even scenarios and consider ways of setting prices.

Our speaker, Paul Myers, has 4 years experience in accountancy and audit services, 3 years experience as a Finance Manager in the travel sector, 3 years experience as a Finance Manager in a manufacturing environment and spent 11 years as Head of Global Controlling – DP DHL, IT services.

The purpose of this webinar is to cover the importance of budgeting by taking you through the budgeting process of developing a realistic, yet stretched (challenging) budget, looking at how to measure progress to deliver your business within budget, achieving savings plans and managing opportunities.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand the importance of budgeting and how it works, understand the process to effectively manage budgets within business, and understand how to build realistic, yet stretched (challenging) savings targets or opportunities within your budgets.

Our speaker, Claire Williamson, is a freelance business consultant and qualified accountant with over 14 years experiences in a number of different finance roles. She specialises in the healthcare sector within the UK and recently qualified as a life coach.

The purpose of this webinar is to help you gain the essential knowledge you need to plan for growth and look for financing.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand how to grow your business and what financing options are involved and be prepared to grow your business.

Our speaker, Kim Kelley, has 20 years experience in corporate human resource leadership in Mercer International Consulting, Cigna Health Care, Nike, Wal-Mart and is an entrepreneur who has successfully started and exited two start-up companies and is currently starting a third business.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of self-financing.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand self-financing, understand a customer-funded model and determine if self-financing is right for your business.

Our speaker, Kim Kelley, has 20 years experience in corporate human resource leadership in Mercer International Consulting, Cigna Health Care, Nike, Wal-Mart and is an entrepreneur who has successfully started and exited two start-up companies and is currently starting a third business.

The purpose of this webinar is to explain what crowdfunding is and how it can be used, how to assess if it is right for you and how to plan and evaluate an effective crowdfunding campaign.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to discover what crowdfunding is and how it can help entrepreneurs, define and describe elements involved in crowdfunding, know how to use crowdfunding to attract investors for a new business, invention or other project and assess if it is a proper alternative method of raising finance for a business, project or idea.

Our speaker, Audra Shallal, is the founder and Managing Director of BOSS Consulting, the professor and Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes in Grandes Ecoles – ENSCP, CELSA, Polytechnique, ParisTech, a Partner (CDO) in Executive Business Accelerator, a former Vice President of Femmes Business Angels, an external Consultant and Expert Advisor in OECD, UNEP, UNIDO, EC and an Advisory Board Member in Tenmou Bahrain Business Angels, BADGE Business Angels des Grandes Ecoles, MENA-OECD Enterprise Financing Network.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with the skills and insight to be able to get the best results whenever you negotiate.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to plan more effectively for your negotiations, develop techniques to get the best outcomes and understand how to remain calm and in control if challenged.

Our speaker, Natalie Reynolds, has worked as a Barrister with 12 years in government, as a Commercial Director both at a major charity and at a FTSE100 company, is the founder and CEO of advantageSPRING, a global negotiation training firm and is the Author of ‘We Have a Deal’ to be published internationally in early 2016.

The purpose of this webinar is to help you learn how to manage your credit and debt, and build a strong credit history.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand what credit and debt is, understand the differences between different forms of credit and learn how to manage your credit status.

Our speaker, Gilian Hayter, following a career in training and development, established her own consultancy – Reboot Ltd which focuses on employability, enterprise and careers. She looks after a variety of UK and international clients providing coaching and training in these areas.

The purpose of this webinar is to provide you with the key fundamentals of accounting and finance for any business, explain why it is important for finance knowledge and capability to be passed on to teams, and highlight the different methods and techniques of doing this.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to understand the key fundamentals of accounting and finance in business, understand why it is important to build financial literacy skills and information within your teams, and how it can benefit your business and understand techniques for sharing your knowledge across teams effectively.

Our speaker, Claire Williamson, is a freelance business consultant and a qualified accountant with over 14 years experiences in a number of different finance roles. She specialises in the healthcare sector within the UK and recently qualified as a life coach.

The purpose of this webinar is to explain to you the fundamentals of managing challenging circumstances in business. It sets out the core processes of identifying and managing risk and enables businesses to prepare for different types of risks. The webinar also provides tools to manage recovery and rebound effectively from business setbacks.

Having completed this webcast, you will be able to identify, assess and manage key risks in your business, plan for efficient and effective recovery, incorporating lessons from failures and use the tools taught to quickly rebound from setbacks.

Our speaker, Kavi Kumar, is an international banker/practitioner and trainer with global cross border experience in loans, bonds and financial markets and has had a banking and financial services career spanning over 12 years with top tier banks including Citibank, BNP Paribas and Barclays in UK, Europe and Asia. Kavi also runs her own business lecturing at institutions such as the University of Cambridge, European Investment Bank and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on key topics in finance, business and strategy, has an MBA in Finance and Strategy at the London Business School, a First Class Honours Degree in Finance and Strategy at the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.