‘Excellent’ workshop helps start-ups come to terms with Ts & Cs

‘Excellent’ workshop helps start-ups come to terms with Ts & Cs

15 May 2018

Lisa Greenstreet, Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Management Team at Freeths, moved back to her home city of Sheffield from Bristol in 2014. She wanted to reconnect with the local business community and so contacted Business Sheffield to see if she could use her expertise as a solicitor to support start-ups.

Lisa now runs regular workshops as part of the Business Sheffield Launchpad programme (supporting businesses under two years to set up and grow). The three-hour-long workshops are designed to give people a basic understanding of contractual agreements and the strengths and pitfalls of terms and conditions. They are free to attend for people that contact Business Sheffield.

Seven people attended the most recent session and gave really positive feedback. Comments included ‘Excellent’, ‘Perfect’, ‘Would recommend to a friend’ and ‘Very useful and comprehensive”.

Lisa tells us why this workshop is so important: “Terms and conditions are the foundation of any business transaction. My day job is resolving corporate disputes, so I’m well versed in the importance (and possible ramifications if they are lacking) of appropriate Ts&Cs.

“The people that I support in the workshops are diverse. Some have a business idea and want to learn about contracts generally, while others may have been operating for a while and need to refresh their terms and conditions because of changes to legislation or the way that they operate.

“There are all sorts of people that attend the course but the one thing that they all have in common, and where I can hopefully come in and be helpful, is that they want to maintain a decent cash flow, they want healthy long-lasting relationships with their customers and they want to safeguard against commercial risks and pitfalls.“

The workshops, which run each quarter as part of the Business Sheffield start-up events schedule, cover:

  • How to put together a contract and what ‘implied terms’ mean
  • How to demystify ‘boilerplate’ clauses
  • How to set up and maintain good business practices to avoid potential legal action in the future

If you want to learn how to keep your business safe, what your rights are and how to ensure your customers are well informed and understand the contractual agreement you are entering into, then you shouldn’t miss this free workshop delivered by Lisa Greenstreet on behalf of Business Sheffield. The date for Lisa’s next workshop will be announced soon – keep checking this link for details.

Business Sheffield is the business-facing arm of Sheffield City Council. Through a region-wide programme called Launchpad, Business Sheffield delivers a programme of workshops and coaching designed specifically to support people who are thinking about starting a business and businesses less than two years old.

Look around the site to learn more about Launchpad and the free services and support you can access through Business Sheffield. Call us on 0114 224 5000 or email businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk