Friday, 30 November 2012

FREE Business start-up - Taster Workshops 2013

Business start-up  - Taster Workshops

With a mixed menu of business support organisations

Where do I go, who do I speak with, how do I access business support?

To book your free place to attend the workshop of your choice please email amrit.choda@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 247 57 45

Book here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4196826822/?ref=estw#



DATE OF EACH WORKSHOP

TIME

ADDRESS OF EACH VENUE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT

January 14th – Monday

10.30am – 1.30pm
The Reginald Joint Service Centre
Address: 263 Chapeltown Road Leeds LS7 3EX                      Tel no.0113 336 7683 

January 25th – Friday

10.30am – 1.30pm
Pudsey library
Address: Church Lane Pudsey Leeds LS28 7TY                        Tel: 0113 214 6035


January 28th  Monday


10.30am – 1.30pm
Compton Road library
Address: The Compton Centre Harehills Lane Leeds LS9 7BG      Tel: 0113 336 7790

February 6th – Wednesday

10.30am – 1.30pm
Farsley library
Address: Old Road Farsley LS28 5DH                              Tel: 0113 214 6038

February 12th – Tuesday

10.30am – 1.30pm
Halton library
Address: 273 Selby Road Leeds LS15 7JR                   Tel: 0113 214 1320

February 19th – Tuesday

10.30am – 1.30pm
Seacroft library
Address: Seacroft Crescent Leeds LS14 6PA                              Tel: 0113 214 4171

March 19th – Tuesday

10.30am – 1.30pm
Pudsey library
Address: Church Lane Pudsey Leeds LS28 7TY                        Tel: 0113 214 6035


To book your free place,  and to attend the workshop of your choice,  please, email, amrit.choda@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 247 57 45

FORMAT FOR EACH WORKSHOP:
    1. An overview of business support within Leeds –  Leeds City Council
    2. How to access, Business and Patent Information Services  - Library Business Services
    3. Business advice and guidance  – Leeds Chamber
    4. Making Tax & Book keeping less painful  – HMRC – Business Education & Support Team
    5. Maximising your marketing ability  – Chartered Institute of Marketing
    6. Are you eligible for the  Enterprise Allowance scheme? - Job Centre Plus
    7. Networking (between speakers and attendees)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Leeds gets ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

The Enterprise club workshops will start from 12th November 2012  as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012.
first session- Is starting a business right for you?  is on the 12/11/12 from 6pm, 5 workshops follow fortnightly covering tax,finance,marketing,researching and getting online see our website for more details

This global event is from 12-18 November and will be asking the question ‘Are you ready to pass it on?’

The focus of the Week - which last year involved over 900 partner organisations in the UK, reaching over 213,000 people - will be on ‘passing on’ the practical help and support needed by early start-ups and individuals who are considering taking the plunge. The aim is to create a collaborative, local and practical week, which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support available to entrepreneurs in Leeds and across the UK – vital in a time of continuing economic uncertainty.

Andrew Devenport, Youth Business International CEO and GEW UK host, called for more people to get involved in the Week, saying:
“Global Entrepreneurship Week is now in its 5th year, and continues to go from strength to strength. In 2012, we want to make the week focused, practical and supportive, to help and inspire those people in the early stages of developing their businesses. We’re looking for as many people as possible to get involved and ‘pass on’ their best advice – whether through hosting an event or joining in the discussion via our social media channels. By working together to make a better environment for enterprise, we can help create businesses that will have a genuine, positive impact on the UK economy – helping generate income and employment for many years to come.”
If you would like more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week or to find out how you can get involved or register an event, visit www.gew.org.uk 

Global Entrepreneurship Week UK is hosted by Youth Business International in partnership with Barclays. 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Enterprise Club 15/10/12:The importance of social media for new businesses,presented by Liz Cable founder of Reach Further

Enterprise Club 15th October-The importance of social media for new businesses,presented by Liz Cable founder of Reach Further 6-7.45pm all welcome

 

We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Frank Boyd: The Impact of Convergence on the Digital Economy

Frank Boyd: The Impact of Convergence on the Digital Economy
Is your business ready for the digital future?
Thurs 4th Oct 2012, 6 – 9pm
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

As one of the UK pioneers of digital media for over 20 years; Creative Calderdale is proud to present Frank Boyd for our October event. 

Currently the Director of CI KTN, the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network, Frank will deliver a talk on the impact of convergence on the digital economy, detailing the opportunities and challenges for creative businesses, and excitingly, will be also be announcing a new, government funded £1.8 million competition.

Pushing creative and technical boundaries since 1989, Frank has been bringing together leading experts from across the film, TV and interactive media sectors, to explore new ways to produce compelling, convergent and transmedia content.

He has worked in both the public and private sector, and has acted as producer, funder and trainer on a series of innovative, creative and economic programmes across the arts, broadcast and education, and in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia.

Now supporting the UK creative industries, particularly in the area of emerging technologies, through his leadership of CI KTN (which is funded by the UK government agency Technology Strategy Board) Frank will be offering £1.8 million to developers in a series of competitions and feasibility projects and his talk will include more information about this and offer guidance on how to access these funds.

This event will run from 6pm-9pm, including registration, hot food and refreshments, and networking. It is free to creative, digital and cultural industry professionals. If you
would like to join us at this event, click here.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Financing Your business,The Enterprise Cub 3/9/12



The next session runs on
Monday 3rd September
6pm - 7.45pm
Topic - Financing your business
3rd floor central library, Leeds
tel: 0113 2478266


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Open Source Hardware Camp 2012 15/9/12 Hebden Bridge

The Open Source Hardware User Group, will in September be holding its annual conference in Hebden Bridge. With a weekend of talks and workshops on cutting edge technologies including 3D printing, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.

Registration: http://oshcamp2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

Open Source Hardware Camp 2012 will take place place in the north of England in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge. Building on the success of last year's OSHCamp, it will be a weekend long event with nine talks on the Saturday and four parallel workshops on the Sunday.

Friday, 3 August 2012

The enterprise Club fortnightly on Mondays from 6th August 2012



The Enterprise Club provides an network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk


NEW:
We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN

NEW:
We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:



Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club
The summer series of talks will start again from 6th August 2012 topics to be confirmed


The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed.
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk


The Enterprise Club runs at:Leeds Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Creative Calderdale Presents Tony Brook The future for designers in the digital age Tues 26th June 2012, 6 – 9pm

Creative Calderdale Presents Tony Brook
President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and Internationally acclaimed Creative Director

The future for designers in the digital age

Tues 26th June 2012, 6 – 9pm
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce that our headline speaker in June will be Halifax-born and internationally acclaimed designer and creative director, Tony Brook.
As the UK President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and founding partner of one of London’s top creative studio’s, ‘Spin’; Tony is more than well placed to share with us his thoughts on what the future holds for designers in the digital age.
With an impressive line-up of clients that include, Channel 4, Nike, Levi’s and the Design Museum, Tony has won national and international awards in identity design, print, television and cinema graphics, web design, poster design and typography.  He set up his acclaimed creative studio ‘Spin’ in 1992 and joined forces with Adrian Shaughnessy in 2009 to establish ‘Unit Editions’, a publishing company specialising in visual culture.
An expert in design, Tony also lectures nationally and internationally, is the external examiner for the MA Brand Identity course at the London College of Communications, and has recently curated ‘Wim Crouwel : A graphic odyssey’ – a major retrospective of the Dutch master’s work currently on show at the Design Museum in London.
An exciting, charismatic and insightful speaker, this event will be essential for anyone wanting to ensure that they are one step ahead in a digital future.
The event is free to creative, digital, and cultural industry professionals.

Agenda:
18:00-19:00     Hot food and registration
19:00-19:30     Welcome and opening pitches
19:30- 20:30    Tony Brook
20:30- Late      Networking

To register to attend visit http://www.creativecalderdale.co.uk/.  

Getting the most out of marketing...The Enterprise Club 11//6/2012

managing your money..The Work Club 11/6/2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Get It Right - First Time: Harrogate 1st May

A NEW series of FREE business support events taking place across the UK

Join experts from the Intellectual Property Office and Companies House, who will help you understand Intellectual Property and your responsibilities as a first time director.
During each 3 hour seminar, you will...

Discover

  • What is Intellectual Property (IP);
  • How to protect and manage your businesses IP;
  • Identify ways to exploit your IP commercially, to grow your business.

Understand

  • What your responsibilities are when appointed as a First Time Director;
  • The incorporation process (setting up a new business);
  • How to search and use Companies House tools and information.
At the end of each seminar, refreshments will be provided for attendees who wish to stay for informal networking and 1:1 discussions.

Join the next event:

Fab Lab Airedale Now Open.....

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Enterprise Club-Is starting a business right for you? 30/4/12

Do you want to grow your business at home and overseas in 2012? 24/5/12


Creative Calderdale and the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (EWIC) are pleased to announce a joint business support event to help businesses grow at home and overseas in 2012.


The business support event will focus on getting businesses ready for overseas trade and will feature up to date information about current funding available for start-ups and SME’s, best practice seminars from companies already trading internationally and a Creative Marketplace to help boost the media and brand profiles of businesses attending the event.

This free event will take place from 6pm – 9pm on Thursday 24th May 2012 at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER.

For more information about the event or to register to attend visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk, email events@creativecalderdale.co.uk

 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Work Club at Leeds Central Library

The Work Club

at Leeds Central Library

 


The spring series of work clubs is now available. We have lots happening over the coming months with talks on a range of topics. As usual we will have the library's job seeker advice workers providing basic support at the sessions and access to IT for any job related work.

Please note the new start time of 10.30

Spring/Summer topics

Mon April 16th -  volunteering

Mon April 30th -  interview   
                             preparation

Mon May 14th -  courses and 
                             training

Mon May 28th -  social media and 
                             jobseeking

Mon June 11th -  managing your
                              money

Mon June 25th - searching for 
                   vacancies


The Meeting Room
3rd Floor
Leeds Central Library
The Headrow
 

The work club provides job seekers an opportunity to get support to help them back into work, meet other jobseekers, exchange skills and share experiences.

A programme of sessions will provide
information and support on a range of essential skills.


Career advisors will be available at each session to provide basic support with your job seeking needs.

Referrals to in-depth sessions - due to the nature of the sessions, we are unable to offer in-depth one to one advice. If this is required, you will be able to book onto a job seeker advice session available at the library.

You are welcome to attend the Work Club as many times as needed.

To book onto a session please contact:

Keith Holdich Tel: 0113 247 8266
Email: keith.holdich@leeds.gov.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tracy Hopkinson Tel: 0113 247 8266
Email:
tracy.hopkinson@leeds.gov.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club The spring / summer series of talks starts on Monday April 30th 6pm - 7.45pm

Thinking of starting a business?

Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club
The spring / summer series of talks starts on
Monday April 30th
6pm - 7.45pm

Topic - Is starting a business right for you?

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.


Spring / Summer topics and dates below
The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed.

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email: piu@leeds.gov.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Enterprise Club runs at:

Leeds Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB


                              
 
  http://www.businessandpatents.org/content/

Friday, 2 March 2012

Leap into Action Success

Business & Patents and Europe Direct Leeds had a Leap Year Day with a difference. ‘Leap into Action’ was a European Commission funded, hugely successful all day event held in the Central Library attended by over 150 people. It aimed to help business start ups and show what support is available in Leeds, as well as informing local people about Europe Direct and the EU’s activities in this area.

Supporting the communication priority ‘Restoring Growth for Jobs: Accelerating towards 2020’ Europe Direct Leeds worked with colleagues from the Business and Patent Service from Libraries and Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce to organise the event.

A host of providers (Construction Leeds, Keeping House, Leeds City College and Factory4, LMU,QU2, Locate in Leeds, Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Leeds City Credit Union, Hillside and more) were on hand to provide information to help boost business – in particular for those owner/managers of micro or small businesses and anyone thinking about starting a business. The day included help with sourcing finance, patenting and copyrighting, affordable premises. Tax and national insurance, business advice and more. Europe Direct Leeds was on hand too to let participants know what the EU is doing to support business.
Speakers included

Carl Hopkins from Direct Business Advice www.directbusinessadvice.co.uk talking about the integrated approach to finance, operations, sales, marketing, and people.

Colin Devey from HM Revenue and Customs gave an introductory talk about getting to grips with becoming your own boss, covering how to register as self-employed, national insurance contributions, keeping business records and how to keep track of expenses. www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst

Ged Doonan from Business and Patents Service, Leeds Central Library guided us through procedures to help you protect your products and services using patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright. www.businessandpatents.org

Business Enterprise fund helps anyone struggling to get finance explore their options for new and established businesses, and also how to put a proposal together before approaching a bank.
www.befund.org/
Tina Boden gave a fun interactive session to help everyone understand the benefits of networking and achieve the benefits from it. www.enterpriserockers.co.uk

Liz Cable from www.Reachfurther.com talked about Social Media and why you can’t ignore it with top tips on getting the most out of it for your business

Feedback has been great and we look forward to holding a similar event next year

Friday, 27 January 2012

Kicking Off Another Year of Events with Creative Calderdale

Creative Calderdale presents Tony Johnston, Head of Training at the Press Association – 15th March 2012 at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre,
Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER


18:00 – 19:00   Hot Food and Registration
19:00 – 19:30   Welcome and Opening Pitches
19:30 – 20:30   Tony Johnston
20:30 – late      Networking

Creative Calderdale are pleased to announce that their speaker for March will be Head of Training at the Press Association, Tony Johnston.

Tony will be delivering a talk entitled; The Future of Newspapers and the Media and will cover areas such as the technological challenges and opportunities, the role of social media in the news cycle, changing consumer habits and the Leveson inquiry into Press Standards. Tony is personally responsible for training journalists for the major newspapers and broadcast television channels in the UK.  He is a specialist in the media industry and has a wealth of knowledge that he would be willing to share with creative industries who want to get an insight into how the media is likely to change over the next 18 months. His areas of expertise include:

·         Social media – making the most of it
·         Developing PR strategy and writing press releases
·         Writing for web

Whether you’re a budding journalist, freelance copywriter or just want to make the most of the media for your business, this event is a must if you want to boost your profile in 2012!

This event is free to creative, digital and cultural industry professionals. If you would like to attend, please register online here – places, as ever, are limited and will be allocated on a first come served basis so don’t delay – register today!

We have a limited number of exhibition and pitch slots available for March, if you would like to take up either opportunity please email events@creativecalderdale.co.uk.

For more information and to sign up for free as a member of Creative Calderdale, please visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

2012’s enterprise club commenced last night with Mohammed Aleem, Enterprise Coach

23rd January 2012
‘Is starting a business right for you’


The first of 2012’s enterprise club kicked off last night with Mohammed Aleem, Enterprise Coach from Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber.

Aleem gave an excellent overview of the key areas that need to be considered when starting out as a new business. He highlighted the importance of developing a business idea into a clear vision. This can be achieved by’ following the enterprise coach ‘honing your business idea’ exercise. This exercise requires the start up to focus on sixteen key areas, for instance:

Why have you chosen this business idea?
What difficulties might you have?
What can you do to overcome these difficulties?
What are your strengths? Could you use them to create a business.
When do you plan to start trading?
Who are your competitors?
Who are your customers?

After a group discussion around these areas Aleem moved on to market research and emphasised the importance of getting to know both your potential consumers and competitors.

The final part of Aleem’s presentation looked at marketing. Aleem pointed out how marketing is quite a broad term, encompassing many things that we all do on a day to day basis. So, marketing not only includes advertising your goods and services or distributing flyers etc but it can also refer to daily activities, such as telling the people you meet on a daily basis about your idea, the image and branding that you have for your business, through to the quality of  customer care that you provide.

One of the top tips that I took away form Aleem’s presentation was his advice to draw up a large plan of all the market research and marketing areas that need to be considered. Aleem suggested displaying it on a kitchen wall and adding to it each day when an idea occurs to you.

To find out more about the services Aleem offers please email him at: mohammed.aleem@yourchamber.org.uk

The next Enterprise club will focus on tax and national insurance and runs on the 6th of February 6 – 7.45pm at Leeds Central Library. To find out more please ring Business and Patent Information Services 0113 2478266

Monday, 9 January 2012

The Enterprise Club 20th Feb 2012, Leeds Central library 6pm

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.

Workshops will start on Monday 23rd January and
run fortnightly from 6pm – 7.45pm.

The following topics are covered:

23rd Jan Is starting a business right for you?
6th Feb HMRC-Tax and NI
20th Feb Financing your business
5th March Marketing your business
19th March Researching your business


The workshops are open to anyone
 thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed.

 To find out more and book into the workshops contact:

 Business and Patent Information Services

 Tel: 0113 247 8266


 The Enterprise Club runs at:
                      
 Leeds Central Library
 3rd Floor Meeting Room
 Calverley Street
 LS1 3AB