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 comms@smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com. 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 www.leeds.gov.uk/onlineresources
or in the Business & IP Centre Leeds


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

Business Opportunity Profiles

BOP028
BOP362
BOP072
Dance Teacher (Updated)
BOP006
BOP308
Dog Walker (Updated)
BOP004
Gym (Updated)
BOP131
BOP498
BOP332
IT Trainer (Updated)
BOP079
Livery Yard (Updated)
BOP089
Mini BOPs
MBP438
MBP439

Business Information Factsheets
BIF050
BIF469
BIF057
BIF069
BIF062
BIF122
BIF225
BIF140
BIF219

UK Market Synopses
SYN090

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 http://bipcleeds.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Webinars 2014


Lean Start-Up - 25th September

Lean Start-Up helps entrepreneurs reduce the cost of developing new products and services by ensuring that they do not waste time and money designing features that customers do not want.

It emphasises the importance of getting customer feedback from the earliest stage of the development process. Many believe that application of Lean Start-Up principles gives entrepreneurs a better chance of success without needing large amounts of outside funding and the need to develop elaborate business plans.

This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.

It will be of interest to anyone considering launching or developing a product or services, business support providers, or anyone interested in this increasingly popular business model.

For more information go to: http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/webinars/leanstartup/leanstartupweb.html or click on any of the links below to register your place:

Event dates

Thu 25 September 2014, 11.00 - 12.00

Business Information - 17/9 ,28/10 ,2/12

Are you exploring a business idea and want to know if there is a market for it?

Do you want to find out more about a particular competitor, supplier or a potential customer?

This webinar will teach you about the tools available to you to be able to find up-to-the-minute data on company financial performance, lists of companies to contact, important questions about the demand for a product or service, major players in your sector and trends in the industry as well as specialist business news.

For more information go to: http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/webinars/businfo/webinarinfo.html or click on any of the links below to register your place:

Event dates

Wed 17 September 2014, 11.00 - 12.00
Tue 28 October 2014, 11.00 - 12.00
Tue 02 December 2014, 15.00 - 16.00


Introducing Social Media Webinar - 24/9, 9/10, 10/12

Everyone seems to talking about social media these days, but how can Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogging actually help your business?

The potential to reach new customers through social media has never been greater and is constantly growing. With £5.67 billion attributed to social commerce purchases annually and website visitors being ten times more likely to make a purchase if they are directed from social media, you could be missing out on valuables sales if you aren't harnessing the power of the web.

Covering blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more, this webinar will teach you the basics about the different types of social media and how to use them effectively for your business to engage your customers to increase sales and brand awareness.

You will be shown how to develop a Social Media strategy and see a variety of free software tools to help you along the way.

For more information go to: http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/webinars/socialmedia/socialmediawebinar.html or click on any of the links below to register your place:

Event dates
Wed 24 September 2014, 11.00 - 12.00
Thu 09 October 2014, 11.00 - 12.00
Wed 10 December 2014, 11.00 - 12.00


Intellectual Property for business - 4/9, 29/10, 11/12

An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, a brand name or a song.

This session will introduce the four areas of intellectual property and help you understand which may apply to you and your business:
·         Patents
·         Trade marks
·         Registered designs
·         Copyright
As well as covering the different types of intellectual property this workshop will demonstrate how to search for patents, trade marks and registered designs using a sample of the databases freely available via the Internet.

Event dates

Thu 04 September 2014, 10.00 - 11.00
Wed 29 October 2014, 15.00 - 16.00
Thu 11 December 2014, 11.00 - 12.00

For more information go to: http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/webinars/ip/webinarip.html or click on any of the links below to register your place:


Book now www.bl.uk/bipc and see more events on our website.