Don't Fear Your Finances: How to Keep the Books Balanced

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A practical skills workshop to address the difficulties many new and growing businesses have with understanding and managing finances

Event information / agenda

A Big House Event supported by Creative Quarter & delivered by Emma Torrance


Designed for those considering or new to being self employed. It's a 3 hour workshop with specialist input , delivered in simple language and using appropriate examples and exercises where participants can work on their own business issues.

We will cover:

  • how to make a personal survival budget
  • how to produce a cash flow forecast
  • things to watch out for
  • simple book keeping
  • point of sale - taking money
  • what does being self employed mean?
  • what is profit
  • understanding tax (Income & NI)
  • legalities relating to trading eg H&S, data protection etc.


Pre-start, start-up or growing business that are wanting to get to grips with the financial side of things.


Emma Torrance is a Co-Founder of THiNK and a Business Mentor. She has over 20 years experience of providing support to start-up and small businesses, social enterprises, and third sector organisations.

Emma specialises in:

  • understanding money, cashflow and business planning
  • new start and new in business for freelancers and small businesses as a mentor or business advisor
  • problem solving
  • social enterprises across a range of business and financial management areas
  • creative businesses


Online via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd November. Registration from 9.30am with the course starting at 9.45am. We aim to finish 12.30pm.

On the day: Be ready to engage. This is a workshop so please make sure you turn up ready to take part with your mics and cameras on. We will be talking about your business and working as a group.


This event is free but you must be enrolled with The Big House. Space is limited, so make sure to book your ticket today to guarantee your place.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 710 0107.


The Big House offers fully-funded business support, mentoring, workshops, networking events, access to grants for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Visit for the complete details of the programme. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at:

Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in. If you would like any further information on this event, please contact us at bighouse@creativequarter.comNB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2022.

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Tuesday 23rd November 2021

9:30am - 12:30pm GMT

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