Approved training courses

Course description

Spending one’s career as an employee of various companies at any level enables individuals to build on their formal academic education, deepen their knowledge and skills in their field and widen their expertise in new subjects. Typically, moving up the career ladder is achieved by focusing on the job whilst leaving other tasks and duties to the employer’s admin system take care of. Hence, it is not uncommon for middle or high ranking employees of companies to be totally unfamiliar with how the business is run every day. Normally, this lack of familiarity with routine business operation does not pose a problem unless and until people decide to set up their own business to work for themselves, perhaps as consultants.
The purpose of this course is familiarise the prospective consultants with all they need to know about setting up and running a consultancy business successfully. Key subjects that will be covered include:
Pros and cons of working independently to enable the trainees to make an assessment of their needs and expectations, and what they can realistically achieve.
Constructing a vision of the business, conducting market research and developing a business plan.
Detailed discussion about various business entities and key features of operating as a sole trader, limited company or partnership
Avoiding costly mistakes before setting up the business
Company registration with Companies House and Director’s legal responsibilities
Bookkeeping, accountancy needs and basic concepts
Accountancy software and whether to use external accountants
Work environment; home office or external facility
Selecting a good business name and internet domain name registration
Setting up a website, business email, phone lines and IT needs
Marketing the business and finding work
Consultancy compensation model, contracts and fees
Consultants’ business ethics
Building and maintaining business reputation
Time allocation and management
Banking and finances
Taxation and VAT
Professional indemnity insurance (PII)
Day-to-day administration of the business, procedures, protocols and forms
Client satisfaction and maintaining trust
Continuous professional development (CPD)
Networking and support for consultants
The interactive course also provides a range of examples, handy templates and information sheets to help the trainees to set up their business quickly.


Attendees need to have considerable experience in their field and be confident that they can offer consultancy services to prospective clients. The course is not limited to chemistry and other scientific or technical experts can also attend and benefit.

Additional info

Lunch and refreshment will be provided if the course is run in Cambridge.
Subject to agreement, the course can be arranged in other locations in the UK.

Teaching method





1 day


£750.00 GBP (plus VAT)

Training provider

ChemPharmaServe Limited



01954 252789

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