Friday, 19 December 2014

Enterprise Club Sessions 2015

Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club

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 and are FREE.

12th Jan 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Is starting a business right for you?
26th Jan 2015 6pm-7.45pm - bookkeeping,tax and NI
9th Feb 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Marketing your new businesses
2nd March 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Business resources/the importance of intellectual property
16th March 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Social Media for business

To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business & IP Centre Leeds
Tel: 0113 2478266

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

Friday, 12 December 2014

Need help with your book-keeping? Advice on taxation? Free one-to-one accountancy advice

Need help with your book-keeping?
Advice on taxation?

Free one-to-one accountancy advice

Thursday 18th December 2014

For further information or to book an appointment please ring (0113) 2478266

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Small business Saturday 6th Dec

Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond
Small Business Saturday - getting the UK to support small businesses on December 6th, and beyond.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Bike to the Future Wednesday 19th November #gewconnect #gew2014

“To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship week the enterprise club in association with the business & IP centre Leeds presents “Bike to the Future”

The cycling industry is enjoying a high profile with the Tour de France Grand Depart having taken place in Leeds this Summer and Yorkshire is firmly at the forefront of the boom in this industry.
We have invited 3 local entrepreneurs to tell us how they turned their passion for cycling into a business – each of them has their own, very different story to tell and although this event will be of interest to those of you in the cycling industry it should also appeal to anyone who is thinking of turning a hobby or an interest into a business.

 Our speakers are Steve Marsden from od-design , Nathan Hughes from Union of peddaler’s and Marek Szczeplek from Aurelius cycles each of them has a bike related business and each of them will tell their own story and answer your questions – it will be a chance for you to learn what’s involved in getting your business on the road, what the pitfalls and rewards of starting your own business are …like the tour de France it will be an evening not to be missed.

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Small Business Saturday Bus is coming to Leeds on Monday 17th November 2014

Coming to a town near you – nationwide bus tour to hit the road to promote Small Business Saturday 
The organisers of the UK’s next Small Business Saturday - when small, independent businesses in communities across the country will be in the national spotlight - have announced that a nationwide bus tour will begin on November 17th to promote the event to both consumers and small business owners around the UK. The tour, in the liveried Small Business Saturday bus, will kick off in Victoria Gardens, Leeds before travelling to 13 other destinations before arriving in Camden, North London on December 4th.

The full itinerary is:
Nov 17   Leeds (Victoria Gardens, Leeds Central Library)
Nov 18   York
Nov 19   Edinburgh (Grassmarket)
Nov 20   Belfast
Nov 21   Manchester (The Northern Quarter - Oak Street)
Nov 24   Chesterfield (Market Square)
Nov 25   Nottingham (Trinity Square)
Nov 26   Norwich (The Forum)
Nov 27   Birmingham (Shirley Shopping Precinct - Solihull)
Nov 28   Cardiff
Dec 1     Bristol (Central Promenade)
Dec 2     Plymouth (Frankfort Gate)
Dec 3     Lambeth, South London (The Cut)
Dec 4     Camden, North London (Queens Crescent Market)

“The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,“ explains National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“Our bus tour last year was a very visible way of bringing Small Business Saturday to centres around the UK and was instrumental in drumming up interest, support and enthusiasm. We are visiting even more places this year and hope small business owners and consumers will visit the bus to get information and find out ways in which they can support small businesses and make the day work most effectively for companies in their own communities,“ Michelle adds.

Senior politicians led by the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Ed Milliband; Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne; Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable; Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary and Matthew Hancock, the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, all took to the streets last year to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses.

Small Business Saturday UK has also attracted the support of leading business organisations including Federation of Small Businesses, the Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, as well as corporates like American Express, O2, Lloyds Bank and NatWest and prominent entrepreneurs Theo Paphitis, Karren Brady, Charlie Mullins and Martha Lane Fox.
American Express founded the hugely successful ‘Small Business Saturday’ initiative in the U.S. in 2010 and is an active supporter of the programme in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

Business owners can already download marketing packs from the Small Business Saturday web site whilst further information can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( Twitter page (@SmallBizSatUk) and website (

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 17 - 23 November

What is going on in Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Business & IP Centre Leeds:

17th Nov:-The Enterprise Club (Leeds) - business resources & introduction to Intellectual Property book at

17th Nov:- Intellectual Property clinic 4-7 please book by tel: 0113 2478266

17th Nov:- Small business Saturday Bus Tour, Victoria gardens outside the central library

18th Nov:- Business Start Up Workshop - Pudsey, book at

19th Nov:- Bike to the future, Book at

20th Nov:-  Business advice session to help you grow and develop your business please book by tel: 0113 2478266

 All events are free.

Check out more events at

Monday, 27 October 2014

The EU explained - Focus on business

This series of short papers provides clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what the EU does in various policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.

over 30 publications are available covering:
Download them from the EU Bookshop
or pick up a copy from the Europe Direct Information Centre Leeds in the Central Library 2nd floor Information & Research Library.

TED: Are you looking for business opportunities?

We have something for yoy: TED, providing free access to public procurement notices from the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond.

It is updated five times a week, with approximately 1700 notices a day, at

Information about every procurement document is published in the 24 official languages. All notices from the European Union institutions are published in full.

You can browse, search and sort procurement notices by country, region, business sector etc. or build your own RSS feeds in your field of interest.

News on twitter  @eutenders

Friday, 17 October 2014

Business centre at Leeds Central Library proving to be a big hit

Caption: (L-R-) Leeds City Council's libraries information and service manager Rose Gibson, Lord Ahmad and Cllr Lucinda Yeadon at the Business & IP Centre. 

A council service which was re-launched earlier this year at a city library offering a wide range of support and advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs is continuing to move from strength to strength. 

Based in the heart of the city centre, the Business & IP Centre at Leeds Central Library provides a free and accessible service to anyone wishing to set up, protect and grow a successful business. Visitors to the centre can also access business databases and market research reports, trade journals, directories and a wealth of other information about starting up and running a business. A programme of free workshops and 1:1 advice sessions delivered by staff and business experts on a range of topics including starting up, business planning and marketing, as well as how intellectual property can protect products, brands and designs are also available and are proving to be extremely popular. 

Visiting the Business & IP Centre earlier this month was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Lord Ahmad, who was given a tour of what is on offer by library staff and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon. The centre highlights the potential for local entrepreneurs to take an idea and with the right support and information to create a business which thrives and grows.

The Business & IP Centre Leeds has been developed in partnership with the British Library, which has helped over 350,000 entrepreneurs to date since opening their own Business & IP Centre in 2006. 

Leeds is the second city to open its Business & IP Centre, following a successful pilot in Newcastle. Centres in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool opened this year and Sheffield will open its own Business & IP centre next year. 

For more information and details regarding Leeds City Council’s Business & IP Centre on: (0113) 247 8266.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:
"I am pleased to say that since the launch of our Business and IP Centre at Leeds Central Library earlier in the year, we have already received some very positive feedback from small business owners and entrepreneurs in our city regarding the services on offer. 

"The advice and support that is available at our business centre is fantastic, and will undoubtedly play an extremely important role in our ongoing work to both support and create business growth in Leeds. 

"If you are thinking of starting a new business venture, or currently own a small company, it would be fantastic to meet you at the central library, and have a chat about what help we can provide."

Friday, 10 October 2014

Need help with your book-keeping? Advice on taxation?

In partnership with WGN Chartered Accountants

Need help with your book-keeping?
Advice on taxation?

Free one-to-one accountancy advice

Thursday 22nd October 2014

For further information or to book an appointment please ring (0113) 2478266

Business & IP Centre Leeds
Central Library
Calverley Street

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 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
or in the Business & IP Centre Leeds

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

Business Opportunity Profiles

Dance Teacher (Updated)
Dog Walker (Updated)
Gym (Updated)
IT Trainer (Updated)
Livery Yard (Updated)
Mini BOPs

Business Information Factsheets

UK Market Synopses

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

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: 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: 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: 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: or click on any of the links below to register your place:

Book now and see more events on our website.