Friday, 28 September 2007

Mark Saunders - Leeds Inventors Group 19/9/2007

Mark Saunders of Yorkshire Forward came to talk to the group about the “Grant for Research & Development” He began by explaining the role of Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency which is largely responsible for the regional economic strategy. Business growth is obviously important and innovation is a big part of this.

Mark said that there is quite a lot of funding and support available for new ventures – to such an extent that it can all be quite bewildering. What is important is to ensure that you go for a grant / support that fits what you are doing rather than trying to force your idea into an existing grant.

The Grant for Research & Development was set up in 1987 by the DTI to encourage R&D as it was felt that as a country we don’t spend enough on it. Yorkshire and Humberside spend about a third of the national average. The grant is available for SMEs and individuals planning to start a business. The business must involve something which is technologically innovative – something which is new and just as importantly, you must be able to show that there is a market for it. You also need a strong argument as to why you believe you should be given financial support from this source as oppose to any other.

If your bid is successful, in most cases the money is not paid up-front. You spend your money first and then claim that amount back from the grant. It is match-funded ie Yorkshire Forward normally supply around 50% of the funding with the other 50% coming from yourself. Mark went through the features of a successful application – including innovation, presentation, management skills and commercial potential.

Feedback is given on all unsuccessful applications and Mark pointed out that Yorkshire Forward are keen to give support through the application process. More details of Mark’s presentation can be found via this link:-

Thursday, 27 September 2007


Business Support Open Day Wednesday 21st November 2007 1.30pm - 6.30pm

The 1st floor exhibition space, Central Library, Leeds.

Thinking of starting your own business? Need help to make your business grow?

Everything you need to know under one roof. Take the first steps in achieving your goals. Talk to the experts and find out about:

Ø How to get started
Ø locating funding and premises
Ø protecting your ideas
Ø marketing and branding
Ø opportunities for business in Europe
Ø what you need to know about legislation and taxation

Visit the FREE exhibition
Exhibitors include: Business link, Leeds Chamber, Bulletpoint design, HM Revenue and Customs, Leeds City Council, Locate in Leeds,The Red Tape team, Ideas toDevelop,EIC, Forward Ladies, Mavcast Ltd, BAPIS

Programme of talks

1.20 – 1.30 Welcome and introduction to Business Information

1.30 – 1.50 Business Link – how we can help

2.00 – 2.20 How to find business premises – Locate in Leeds LCC

2.30 – 2.50 Branding your business – Paul Kerfoot of Bulletpoint Design

3.00 – 3.20 Protecting your ideas – Ged Doonan of BAPIS and Michael Harrison

3.30 – 3.50 How to get the most out of networking - Forward Ladies

4.00 – 4.20 Becoming self-employed - HM Customs

4.30 – 4.50 ABDN – support and networking for Asian and minority ethnic businesses

5.00 – 5.20 Funding and benefits of chamber membership - The Business Enterprise Fund/Leeds Chamber of Commerce

5.30 – 5.50 Setting up in business a guide for the over 50s - Prime

All talks are FREE and are open to everyone places are however limited so it is advisable to book ahead.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: phone 0113 247 8266
or email

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Free computer Classes @ Leeds Central Library

Free computer classes at Leeds Central library

Learn how to create effective and stylish publicity for your business. A twelve hour course covering the following areas:

Creating a business card with own logo and watermark image.
Creating a simple business flyer.
Creating mail shots using mail merge.

Classes run on Thursday afternoons from 15th November to 13th December plus extra session "Promoting and Protecting your Business" on 2oth December taught by expert staff from Business and Patents Information Services.

For more information and to book your place please contact Joy Hart or Anna Peaker on 0113 2162367