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

For more information and to sign up for free as a member of Creative Calderdale, please visit

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:

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

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Leap into Action 29th Feb 2012 Enterprise event

  To read the full seminar programme and to book your free place please visit

 Council urges business to leap into action in 2012

Leeds City Council is asking owners/managers of new start up and micro businesses to ‘save the date’ for an important enterprise event to be held on a date which only comes around once every four years – 29th February.

The ‘Leap into Action’ event is free and will provide an opportunity for businesses to see first hand what business support is available from Leeds City Council and a number of other organisations in the city. It is hoped the event will inspire and inform businesses and new start ups to help them develop and grow their businesses in 2012.

In addition the event is being held as a reminder of the huge variety and scope of information and help available from the Business and Patent Information Service of the council based in Leeds Central Library.

The day will include an exhibition area as well as a number of seminars aimed at anyone thinking about starting up or who has already taken the plunge and wants guidance on areas such as sourcing finance, business support, finding office space, tax and national insurance, how to network, protecting new products and developing brands as well as the hot topic of social media and making the best of it for business.

Simon Brereton, enterprise support team manager for Leeds City Council said:
“At a time when there is a great deal of uncertainty about what business support is available we felt it was important to highlight the large amount of useful information, a lot of which is free, currently available from the council and local organisations.

“For example it’s little known that Leeds has one of the few full-time patent libraries in the UK. An effective patent or trademark search can be a vital first step when developing a new product and can ultimately save you time and money. The event in February will also give business owners a chance to expand their knowledge of business issues and talk to some of the providers.”

The event takes place on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at the Leeds Central Library from 11am to 6.00pm.

The council have also produced an electronic guide which outlines what support is available and how to get in touch with the relevant department or organisation. The guide is available by emailing or calling 0113 220 6350. It can also be downloaded from
The event is supported by Europe Direct.

new year new start 2012 25th Jan

at the Reginald Centre

Chapeltown Road

25th January 2012

Reginald Centre - Chapeltown 2012 new year, new start event
2011 Compton Road - new year new start event

get your 2012 off to a good start, come &

get some help and advice on

looking for a job
running your own business
healthy living
learning & training
There will also be face painting and craft activities for the kids

light refreshments

Anyone attending this event can enter our prize draw – details to be announced

at -
The Reginald Centre
263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX
on Wednesday 25th January 2012
between 1.00pm & 5.00pm

This is just the start of the list of the organisations that will be coming together at the event to offer you information and support. Further organisations will be added:

PATH Yorkshire         
Helps to develop the potential of BME people by providing vocational training, education and career opportunities
Learning Partnerships    
An educational charity that works with children, young people and their families

Jobshop @ The Reginald Centre
If you are looking for work or training why not visit one of our Jobshops and find out how we can help.

Leeds City College
Find out about courses which run throughout Leeds in your local community and at a variety of levels.

Improve your English, Maths and Computer skills by enrolling on learndirect's free online courses, supported by tutors. Chapeltown learndirect Centre has recently opened at 131 Chapeltown Road, LS7 3DU, 0113 262 3176

Nari Ekta
Offers educational and training programmes to Asian women

New Year - New Job: Get Online in 2012
Jobcentre Plus want to help you get online to find employment in 2012. Come along for advice from friendly, approachable people, which is available to everyone.

Enterprise Yorkshire
Enterprise Yorkshire, part of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce,
works with long-term jobseekers who have a business idea but need help to get it off the ground.

The Prince's Trust Development Award
Small grants to help young people (14-25) get into education, training or employment. Also, information about the Trust's Enterprise Programme which can help unemployed young people (18-30) that have a business idea.
Jobseeker’s Advice Service – Leeds Library and Information Service
Advice on learning and work from qualified advisers who are also Librarians
Business and Patent Information Services
A one-stop information service to support all your business and intellectual property needs. Also, resources for researching companies to apply to and for preparing for interviews.

Everything is Possible
Specialise in offering international volunteering opportunities to young people

Feel Good Factor Leeds
Promote a range of healthy living and physical and mental wellbeing activities and projects

Space2 Leeds
Use creativity and the arts to help people change their situations

Consumer Credit Counselling Service
If you're worried about debt, CCCS can help you find the best solution

Leeds City Credit Union
LCCU is one of the largest and most successful credit unions in the UK. It provides straightforward, affordable financial services to anyone who lives or works in the Leeds Metropolitan area. Its members are encouraged to save for their future, and in return they receive access to a range of financial services including affordable credit, a current account facility and a return on their money.
Europe Direct Leeds
For all your European and EU information

This event is being organised by Leeds Library and Information Service (including Europe Direct Leeds), East North East Area Management, and LCC Employment and Skills.
For more information please contact Keith Holdich -
telephone: 0113 247 8269 email: e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About The Reginald Centre:
The Reginald Centre offers you a brand new larger library and access to Leeds City Council’s Customer Services Team and other services.