Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas and New Year Opening Times


24 hour Library
Library books can be renewed

  • By phone (automated service) - Ring 0845 1207271, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please have your library card number and book barcode numbers.
  • Online- renew or request books, check your loans, by setting up an account  

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Leeds Enterprise club update Dec 2011

This week (5th Dec 2011)we were very pleased to have Ed Ryder owner of Biskit ltd presenting to the Enterprise Club.

Ed provided both a motivating and thought provoking talk as he shared his own experience of starting and developing a business over the past 8 years.


Here are just a few of Ed’s pointers that I took away from his talk:

-        your chosen business type should not only reflect what you are familiar with but also what you are good at and just as importantly, enjoy.

-        Be prepared for extreme highs and lows these are much greater when starting out; with time the lows should taper out.

-        Investigate and attend the range of workshops and seminars that are available for instance through the chamber and Chartered Institute of Marketing.

-        Ensure you consult family and friends. Do they really ‘buy’ into your idea and fully understand what you are doing and what it involves.

-        Join groups such as Linked in; make connections and let people know you’re starting a business.

-        Be quite clear about your goals and review them regularly.

-        Research your market both online and on the high street; ensure there is a demand.

-        Do not try and market to everyone – look to see in which groups demand is highest and really get to know your customer.

-        Be prepared for change, where you start out and what you start doing may be very different to what you are doing years down the line.

The final Enterprise talk for the autumn term takes place on the 19th December. 

Enterprise Club at Leeds Central Library Monday  19th December 6pm - 7.45pm
'Researching your business and protecting your products and services'

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Work Club Update

Over the past 6 months the central library’s work club has provided support to jobseekers from all walks of life. Many jobseekers cautiously come along to the work club not quite sure what to expect, but by the end of the session most agree that they were able to take something useful away.
Each work club kicks off with a focus topic, which often involves a talk from a relevant organisation, or a job seeker advice worker from within the work club team.
Recent talks have included: Preparing for Interviews
Benefits of Volunteering
Searching for Vacancies
Courses and Training
At our most recent work club Rosemary Sheen and Pam Mcfarlane talked to the group about the range of courses available through Leeds City College including how many hours jobseekers are able to spend studying and the type of courses that are likely to include concessions.
Rosemary told the group about the ‘routeways to work’ scheme which provides a vocational taster to work in a specific sector before applying for employment and/or taking on further training. Examples of areas covered include hospitality, sales and marketing and office work.
Rosemary also outlined details of ‘sector based work academies’ which will provide training, work experience and job interviews for job seekers over the next two years. Sectors covered include call centres, care work and retail. Contact your Job Centre plus advisor to find out more.
After the talk any jobseekers requiring quick advice about any aspect of the job seeking process are able to speak to a jobseeker advice worker. An IT suite is also set aside for jobseekers to access the internet and word processing facilities at the the work club.
The final work club for 2011 runs on Monday 12th December and will focus on preparing for job interviews. Tel 0113 2478266
The work club restarts in 2012 on the 9th January.
Look out for details of new focus topics in the New Year.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Autumn 2011 newsletter from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels

The Autumn 2011 edition of Catalyst

Article Type
Article Content (Click to read)
Company update
Angel member profile
Article of Interest
Article of Interest
Article of Interest
Article of Interest
Article of Interest
Company update
Company Update
Forum Review
LinkedIn Article
Upcoming Angel events
Also find upcoming diary dates and a list of new associate members on the back page of the Newsletter.

We welcome all feedback regarding the newsletter so please let me know your views on this edition of Catalyst. If you would like to suggest a future article for the YABA newsletter, please contact us.

For more information about YABA and the services we offer please click on the following link www.yaba.org.uk to view our website.

 Tel:01423 810149

Yorkshire Association of Business Angels Ltd
1 Hornbeam House
Hornbeam Park
Hookstone Road

 Are you considering becoming a business angel investor?

Do you want to be part of a network of angel investors in the Yorkshire?

If so we'd like to invite you to attend our next investment forum on Tuesday 15th November at York St John University.  Please do get in touch for further details.

We are currently looking for high growth Yorkshire based businesses to present at our November investment forum in York.  If you are an entrepreneur or an investor and would like to know more please do get in touch.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Enterprise Club – Leeds Central Library

Staff at Europe Direct Leeds and Business and Patents are busy getting ready for the autumn series of workshops at Leeds Central Library’s Enterprise Club.

The first of our autumn workshops kicks off with a talk from Anne Selwyn from Business Link West Yorkshire.
Anne provided lots of food for thought at the summer workshop, with a lively presentation questioning ‘is starting a business right for you.’ Anne enthused about the positives of starting a business but also highlighted that it wouldn’t be an easy journey, success requires the ability to work very long hours and to be constantly focused on your end goal.

The autumn series continues with talks on a range of start up topics including information on the taxes, financing your business and marketing.

To find out more about the enterprise club and whether starting a business is right for you? why not come and see Anne’s presentation on 24th October at Leeds Central Library – 6pm to 7.45pm Tel: 0113 2478266

Friday, 7 October 2011

Discover Yorkshire's past with information on Yorkshire inventors and inventions.

Discovering Yorkshire Website - Inventors & Inventions

The website contains a searchable database of historical Yorkshire patents available electronically for the first time. The patents have been indexed and are searchable by keywords, inventor, date and patent number. The front page of each patent has been scanned and can be read from the site. Where available a diagram to go with the patent has also been scanned. Over 2,000 patent are searchable through the site with more being added all the time.
Three learning trails are also provided aimed at students in keystage 3. Discover more about the inventions which came from this area and the people behind them. From the mousetrap to the Hansom cab to the inventions which influenced transport development. Learn about the man who made tram travel between Leeds and Bradford possible, the entrepreneur who enabled the first manned flight 50 years before the Wright Brothers, and the pioneering cinematographer who disappeared and was never found. In addition to our own resources Bradford Industrial Museum and Wakefield Libraries have also given us access to resources in their collections. Teachers materials are also available with the site.

The site is available at http://www.discoveringyorkshire.org/

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Market Research - Whats New?

We have access to one of the largest public library collections of market research reports from many of the main market research publishers.
Market research is an important information area for all established and new businesses, it enables you to ascertain how much of a demand there is for your chosen business type, who the consumers are, what the competition is like and whether it is a growth market.
Whats New? latest reports published (August 2011)


Breakfast Cereals - UK 
Fabric Care - UK 
Furniture Retailing - UK 
Drinking Out of the Home - UK 
Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools - UK 
Sexual Health - UK 
Women's Bodycare and Depilatories - UK 
Technology and the Over-55s - UK 
London Olympics: What the Games Mean for Business - UK 
Short-haul Holidays - UK 
Digital Trends Summer - UK 
Credit and Debit Cards - UK 
Ice Cream - UK 
Holidays on the Internet - UK 
Eating Out Review - UK 
Household Cleaning Equipment - UK 
Fashion - Size Matters - UK 
Wine - UK 
Drinking in the Home - UK 
Washers and Dryers - UK 
Pizza - UK 
Fast Casual Restaurants - UK - August 2011
Children's OTC and Healthcare Products - UK
Dark Spirits - UK
Car Retailing - UK
Bathrooms and Bathroom Accessories - UK   

    Sports Sponsorship               
    Computer Hardware               
    Rail Travel               
    Frozen Foods                
    Electricity Industry                
    Fruit Juices & Health Drinks Update                
    Contract Cleaning                
    Milk & Dairy Products                
    Airlines Update                
    Waste Management Update                
    Ready Meals               
    Slimming Update                
    Private Healthcare                
    Digital Broadcasting                
    Diet Foods Market Update               
    Renewable Energy                
    Courier & Express Services Update

Contact us piu@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 2478266 for help with finding the right research for you.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Patent/IP Clinic at the University of Hull Enterprise Centre, 15th September

Free one-to-one appointments are available with IP Attorney Dr Daniel Bates, Ogive IP, followed by free online IP database searches and advice from Leeds Business and Patent Information Service.To book an appointment tel:01482 464900

Patent/Intellectual Property Advice
Free confidential, no obligation advice provided by Chartered Patent Attorney Dr Daniel Bates, Ogive IP, on all aspects of Intellectual Property.

Free Patent and Trade Mark Search
Discover the value of IP information provided by free online IP database searches and advice from Leeds Business and Patent Information Service.

There are only a limited number of free one-to-one sessions.  To book an appointment contact:
The Enterprise Centre
Tel: 01482 464900

Please note that due to the popularity of the Patent Clinics:
• Preference will be given to companies in the Humber and North Yorkshire Region
• Any company or organisation is only permitted to attend once
• Individuals may attend, however priority is given to businesses and potential start-ups
• Bookings by telephone only please

Monday, 27 June 2011

What's New on COBRA - August Complete Business Reference Adviser

For all your business start up Information Access COBRA the
Complete Business Reference Adviser

COBRA is a comprehensive, practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market.
We now have an online subscription to COBRA - the Complete Business Reference Adviser.
Access is available in all our libraries and from your home/work using your Leeds Library membership number.

It can be accessed:
Directly on any Leeds Learning Network computer (available at any Leeds public library) there is a link in the online resources section, no membership card number needed
By using the COBRA link on www.leeds.gov.uk/24hourlibrary Leeds Library membership number is required.

Free library membership - join online at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/, join by phone on 0113 3952313 or join in person at any Leeds library (proof of id and address required).

New & Updated Cobra Factsheets for August 2011
Business Opportunity Profiles
Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Proprietor
Detective Agency/Private Investigator
Freelance Artist
Health Food and Supplements Retailer
Scaffolding Contractor
Upholstery Service
Women's Fashion Retailer
Workwear Retailer

Mini BOPs
Candle Maker
Dinner in the Dark Organiser
Motorcycle Clothing Shop
Photo Processing Mini Lab
Promotional Merchandise Retailer
Speed Dating Event Organiser
Supply Teacher

Business Information Factsheets
A Guide to Family-run Businesses
Complementary and Alternative Therapy Businesses - A Compliance Guide for
Costing and Pricing a Product or Service - A Guide to
Developing an Internet and E-mail Policy - An Introduction to
Discipline and Grievance Procedures - An Introduction to
Documents That You Must Keep - A Guide to
Export Terminology and Incoterms - Glossary of
Patent Attorney - Choosing and Using a
Rural Enterprises - A Guide to Support for
Statistical Information - A Guide to Sources of
Telephone Preference Services - A Guide to the

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Leeds Inventors Group Meeting visit to Zenith Plastic Developments 15.6.2011

This month's meeting will not take place in the central library. Instead we will be visiting Zenith Plastic Developments in Horsforth where Kevin McLeod has kindly offered to show us round. Zenith are involved in product design, prototyping, toolmaking and injection moulding so if you're interested in finding out how your new product takes shape this visit is likely to be of interest to you.
Zenith is approx 5 - 10 mins walk from Horsforth train station and there is also room for parking in front of Zenith just off the road. I've attached a map - if you need any further details please let me know. A group of us will be setting off from the Headrow entrance of the central library at around 5.15 on June 15th and travelling by public transport if any of you want to join us.
We will start at 6pm as usual. It would helpful if you could let us know if you intend to be there and that you are able to arrive by 6pm so that we can start the tour together.
Business & Patent Information Services
Central Library
Calverley Street
Tel: 0113 2478266
Fax: 0113 2478268

Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses programme

Do you know any businesses that currently have between 5 and 40 employees & want to grow & develop? If so they may be interested in The  Goldman Sachs ‘10000 Small Businesses’ programme.
The programme is open to small business owners and social entrepreneurs from across Yorkshire & the Humber and has been designed to provide relevant, high quality support specifically to small business leaders who are seeking to grow their businesses and create additional employment.  

Programme participants will receive approximately 100 hours of practically-focused business and management education commencing in October 2011. The curriculum has been specifically designed and is focused on the needs of established small businesses that have the potential and the desire to grow.

The Programme is offered on a fully funded basis to approximately 25 successful applicants. Applicants must have the desire and drive to grow their businesses, create additional employment and have a scalable business model. The business will ideally, currently have between five and 40 employees.

Full details of the programme are attached together with the criteria and the key dates for both the application process & the programme sessions at Leeds University Business School.

Goldman Sachs  are holding a number of events to give potential applicants the opportunity to learn more about the programme on:

Wednesday 8th June       5pm – 8pm          at York Science Park
Tuesday 14th June          5pm – 8pm          at ‘Mind the Gap Studios’ in Bradford
Monday 20th June           5pm – 8pm          at 1 Park Row, Leeds
Monday 4 July                5pm to 8pm        at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, South Yorkshire 

Further dates to be announced.

If anyone would like to attend one of these marketing sessions please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJDPMFX to register a place.

For any further information, or to register interest please e-mail businessgrowth@leedsahead.org.uk or telephone 0113 246 7877.

The initial Pilot programme & the current programme have been invaluable in supporting over 50 entrepreneurs in developing their businesses still further with universally excellent feedback from all participants.
There is no obligations in attending one of the above events to find out more.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Calling all Jobseekers New Work Club at Leeds Central Library

On the 13th June Leeds Central Library, in partnership with Europe Direct Leeds, will be launching a Work Club.

The Work Club will be a two hour session running from 10.00 to 12.00 on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month. Job seekers will have the opportunity to get support to help them back into work, meet other jobseekers, exchange skills and share experiences.

A structured programme of sessions will provide information and support on a range of essential skills such as:
 IT basics for job seekers
 Setting up an email account
 Writing a CV
 Completing online application forms
 Searching for jobs
 Interview skills
 Researching companies and job sectors

In instances where jobseekers require more in-depth support a referral to a careers advisor will be available.

Over the weeks information on more specific topics including an opportunity to attend talks and visit relevant areas will also be available, examples of topics covered include:

 Courses and training
 Volunteering
 Information on starting a business
 Money management
 Working in Europe

No need to book, just come along, meet us and find out what it’s all about.

The Central Library Work Club is supported by Europe Direct Leeds as part of the EU’s creating sustainable growth and jobs strategy.

Work Club Dates for 2011:

Monday June 13th Monday September 26th

Monday June 27th Monday October 10th

Monday July 11th Monday October 24th

Monday July 25th Monday November 14th

Monday August 8th Monday November 28th

Monday August 22nd Monday December 12th

Monday September 12th

For further information please contact:

Keith Holdich Tel: 0113 247 8269
Email: keith.holdich@leeds.gov.uk

Tracy Hopkinson Tel: 0113 247 8266
Email: tracy.hopkinson@leeds.gov.uk

Thursday, 19 May 2011

JOBSearch information and advice for jobseekers


As we all know, looking for work can take a lot of time and effort. It can be difficult and stressful. But it will be easier if you are organised. These JOBSearch pages will help you get organised! They will help you:
  • focus on your key skills
  • decide what type of work you are looking for
  • get information and advice
  • find vacancies
  • write a powerful CV and covering letter
  • present yourself with confidence at an interview 
There is also a booklet available FREE from the library:

Jobseekers' Advice Service
The Information Centre
2nd Floor Central Library
Calverley Street Leeds
Tel: 0113 2478282

Friday, 6 May 2011

Creative Networks Annual Business Fayre-Thursday 26th May 2011

The 2011 Creative Networks Annual Business Fayre will be a key opportunity for all professionals working in the creative, digital and cultural industry sectors to discover and interact with the support services offered in the Yorkshire region alongside an exhibition of more than twenty regional support agencies and organisations.

Leeds College of Art
Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ

18.00-19.00 registration and hot food
19.00-late business fair and networking

Tel:01422 399444
email: deborah.warden@leeds-art.ac.uk

Online registration: www.creativenetworksyorkshire.co.uk

“Accelerating innovations to market” Leeds inventors group 18/5/11 6pm

Saturday, 23 April 2011

World Intellectual Property Day - April 26

World Intellectual Property Day event

Leeds Central Library 26th April, 2011 10am – 12.00noon

A range of speakers talking about intellectual property matters including Jane Lambert, IP
barrister, Peter Groves, Head of IP Law at C J Jones and Gita Mistry, entrepreneur

Free admission & refreshments

Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
Ring (0113) 2478266

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Namtec Intellectual Property Event 24th May 2011Rotherham

How well protected is your business?  Do you use Confidentiality Agreements? Do you know the value of your ‘expertise’?  Do you trade in the BRIC countries and know your rights?

Date: 24th May 2011
Venue: NAMTEC, Swinden House, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Cost: £25 + VAT
Register at: www.namtec.co.uk

NAMTEC has brought together leading experts who will span the breadth of Intellectual Property, helping you to identify and better understand how and what to protect in your business, securing your expertise and driving growth. 

The subject of ‘Intellectual Property’ is both wide reaching in its scope and an increasingly significant aspect to any business. It extends from the well known but essential aspects around patents through trademarks, design and copyright all the way through confidentiality.  Business expertise is a fundamental aspect of their success and the value of that business. Protecting it is complex, difficult and often poorly understood and one where mistakes are costly.  With many companies now exporting more of their goods and into markets such as China, Brazil, Russia and India, the concerns over infringement and loss of expertise continue to grow.

The session will begin with a broad introduction to the wide ranging aspects of Intellectual Property then give a ‘warts and all’ view of patents.  After a short break, the recent major changes (as influenced by the changing economic climate, green technologies, growing prominence of BRIC group, increased collaboration of patent offices, procedure and cost streamlining of litigation forums) will be outlined. The morning will conclude with the subject of confidentiality; often relied upon but equally as often poorly understood.  With an opportunity to meet and discuss with the expert presenters, this event allows companies to gain a strong understanding of this important area.

0800hrs – registration opens
08:30hrs – Introduction – NAMTEC
08:40hrs - Introduction to IP - The Intellectual Property Office
09:30hrs – Patents – Rosie Hardy, Marks and Clerk
10:00hrs - Coffee
10:30hrs – Major Changes in Intellectual Property – Stephane Ambrosini, Franks and Co
11:00hrs  - Confidentiality – Peter Harrison, Hill Dickinson
11:30hrs - Close

Monday, 14 March 2011

Boost Your Business Event 22/3/11 Halifax

Find out what Funding is still available for your business and get Marketing, Legal advice and much more, all in one place and for free...
 Meet experts on: Funding, Marketing, Legal matters and much more...            
22nd March 2011 5:30pm @ the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is pleased to announce they will be hosting a dedicated Boost Your Business event at the Centre on the 22nd March 2011.

Over a dozen agencies will be in attendance to offer guidance and support on starting, building and growing your business during 2011. There will also be dedicated seminars covering up to the minute information on using social media as an effective business marketing tool and advice on important mandatory legal changes in the coming year. If you want to future proof your business, we’ll show you how.

This free event starts at 5:30pm and runs until 8pm. Hot food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, and to reserve your place, please email hannah.crank@innovationhalifax.net or on 01422 399480.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Venturefest Yorkshire 2011 16th February

Staff from Business and Patents will be exhibiting at Venturefest Yorkshire.

Venturefest Yorkshire is a 1 day expo which brings together the region's finest science, technology and knowledge entrepreneurs, the professional services who support them and world-class business speakers.

Date: 16th February

Time: 8.00am - 5.30pm

Location: York Racecourse - York

To find out more at:

Venturefest Yorkshire 2011  Expo of inspiring science, technology and knowledge entrepreneurs http://www.venturefestyorkshire.net

16th February, Ipeology at the Leeds Inventors Group

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Starting a business in Leeds 25 January 2011

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME)

Event Title
Starting a business in Leeds
Date(s) of Event
5 hours
1:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Location -  Full address of event
Leeds Central library, Calverley Street, Leeds
Free to anyone over 50.
Type of event
Seminar and networking event.
At the FREE event anyone over 50 can find out whether self-employment or setting up their own business might be for them. They will hear from other local Olderpreneurs who have gone ahead and started. They will also be able to find out more about support available from PRIME and network with other 50s wanting to start up on their own.

Target audience
Over 50 and unemployed or facing redundancy.
URL – web link

New Service from Key Note - Company Information-Research and analyse companies and people

Available online at Leeds central library tel: 0113 2478266 visit our website

Company Information

Research and analyse companies and people
Accurate and easy to use, Key Note’s company
information interface provides access to a
database of more than 7 million UK companies,
as well as directors and secretaries. Our unique
combination of market research and company
information will enable you to analyse your
competitor’s performance and identify
key prospects

Telephone 0845 504 0452 Email info@keynote.co.uk

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

New Year New Start event. Get your 2011 off to a good start with some help and advice on

  • Looking For Work
  • Running Your Own Business
  • Learning And Training
  • Volunteering
  • and Healthy Living
from The Compton Centre, Harehills, LS9 7BG
on Wednesday 19th January 2011,
between 1.00pm and 5.00pm

Over a dozen organisations will be attending this information and support afternoon: Learning Partnerships; PATH Yorkshire; Nari Ekta; Leeds City College; SHINE Business Centre; The Biz Centre; Slivers of Time / Driver Hire; The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme; Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce;  Everything’s Possible; Feel Good Factor; Business and Patent Information Services; the Jobseekers’ Advice Service from Leeds Libraries; and Europe Direct Leeds.

So come along to find out how they can help.

Face painting and craft activities will be available for children. Light refreshments will be served and anyone attending the event can enter a prize draw for shopping vouchers.

The Compton Centre is located at the junction of Harehills Lane and Compton Road, in the Harehills area of the city, LS9 7BG.

This event is organised by Leeds Libraries and sponsored by Europe Direct Leeds.

For more information about the event, the organisation's involved, and contact details please visit the event’s webpage here

Next Leeds Inventors group meeting 19th January