Friday, 17 October 2014

Business centre at Leeds Central Library proving to be a big hit

Caption: (L-R-) Leeds City Council's libraries information and service manager Rose Gibson, Lord Ahmad and Cllr Lucinda Yeadon at the Business & IP Centre. 

A council service which was re-launched earlier this year at a city library offering a wide range of support and advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs is continuing to move from strength to strength. 

Based in the heart of the city centre, the Business & IP Centre at Leeds Central Library provides a free and accessible service to anyone wishing to set up, protect and grow a successful business. Visitors to the centre can also access business databases and market research reports, trade journals, directories and a wealth of other information about starting up and running a business. A programme of free workshops and 1:1 advice sessions delivered by staff and business experts on a range of topics including starting up, business planning and marketing, as well as how intellectual property can protect products, brands and designs are also available and are proving to be extremely popular. 

Visiting the Business & IP Centre earlier this month was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Lord Ahmad, who was given a tour of what is on offer by library staff and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon. The centre highlights the potential for local entrepreneurs to take an idea and with the right support and information to create a business which thrives and grows.

The Business & IP Centre Leeds has been developed in partnership with the British Library, which has helped over 350,000 entrepreneurs to date since opening their own Business & IP Centre in 2006. 

Leeds is the second city to open its Business & IP Centre, following a successful pilot in Newcastle. Centres in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool opened this year and Sheffield will open its own Business & IP centre next year. 

For more information and details regarding Leeds City Council’s Business & IP Centre on: (0113) 247 8266.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:
"I am pleased to say that since the launch of our Business and IP Centre at Leeds Central Library earlier in the year, we have already received some very positive feedback from small business owners and entrepreneurs in our city regarding the services on offer. 

"The advice and support that is available at our business centre is fantastic, and will undoubtedly play an extremely important role in our ongoing work to both support and create business growth in Leeds. 

"If you are thinking of starting a new business venture, or currently own a small company, it would be fantastic to meet you at the central library, and have a chat about what help we can provide."

Friday, 10 October 2014

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Thursday 22nd October 2014

For further information or to book an appointment please ring (0113) 2478266

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

"Small Business: Collaboration is Key" with Tina Boden Inspire Series 7th Oct

Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses on 6th December and beyond. This October Small Business Saturday is kicking off its fantastic new ‘Inspire Series’. The series will see a number of brilliant entrepreneurs and figures in the world of small business give talks and workshops to existing and aspiring small businesses & entrepreneurs for free. The series will be structured to have a workshop and participatory feel with live streaming and Twitter Q&As. 

On 7th October at Leeds Central Library (6 - 7pm), Small Business Saturday has invited Tina Boden of Enterprise Rockers to kick off the series with "Small Business: Collaboration is Key"

"If you have watched the Toy Story movie you may remember the scene where Woody encourages the toys to find a ‘Moving Buddy’ so they do not get left behind; if you are running a business single handedly, or even if you employ a small number of people, then Tina Boden encourages you to follow Woody’s advice and get yourself a ‘Small Business Buddy’."
Tina Boden will present a 45 minute session which will see her setting out the importance of micro and small business owners collaborating with other small business owners to develop their offer. Tina, a Small Business Saturday Ambassador, will share why she believes the ‘Power of Plenty’ is much stronger than one lone voice in the darkness while emphasising the importance of retaining your own business identity throughout any collaboration.
During this presentation you will also find out why collaborating with your customers is the most cost effective form of marketing when your are an independent business. There will be a 15 minute Question and Answer session with Tina following the presentation where you will be able to ask Tina your small business questions – she has a lot of experience to share.
To secure your spot to hear Tina speak as part of Small Business Saturday's fantastic new Inspire series, email First come, first served!

Latest COBRA Updates – September 2014

COBRA: An encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Includes over 700 start-up profiles, fact sheets providing guidance on running and managing a small business, market research and local area profiles.

Accessible anywhere via a library card number – go to
or in the Business & IP Centre Leeds

The latest factsheets, reports and bulletins that have been added to COBRA.

Business Opportunity Profiles

Dance Teacher (Updated)
Dog Walker (Updated)
Gym (Updated)
IT Trainer (Updated)
Livery Yard (Updated)
Mini BOPs

Business Information Factsheets

UK Market Synopses

Monday, 22 September 2014

So you've thought about working for yourself – but where do you start?

So you’ve thought about working for yourself – but where do you start? Is it really for you? Who do you ask?

Free workshops held in Leeds Libraries are aiming to answer these questions. Particularly aimed at those who think they might want to start a business, it will also be helpful to any existing businesses wondering what local support is available to them.

Meeting in a small, informal group, attendees can chat to staff from Leeds Libraries Business & IP Centre, Leeds Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Leeds Credit Union, Job Centre Plus, Remploy, Super Connected Cities (a broadband funding scheme), and WGN, a local firm of accountants.
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Stef Stephenson, manager of the Business & IP Centre in the Central Library said: “This is the second year that we’ve run the workshops in branch libraries across Leeds and they have been very popular. Anyone who has started a business or anyone who is just wondering about starting a business will find the workshops beneficial.”

The Business & IP Centre has for many years provided information, resources and workshops for business as well as providing guidance on protecting products and services by using Intellectual Property (IP) – patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright.  

The workshops are taking place in Headingley 14th October and Pudsey 18th November. For more information ring 0113 2478266 or to register go to