Businesses encouraged to ‘Spring into action’ this March

Pic: from left: Pete Mills of Calls9 will present his enterprise journey, so far, at the event Also pictured is business partner Adam Roney

Entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers are being encouraged to boost their results by attending a free business support fair, on Wednesday 6th March 2013 at Leeds Central Library.

‘Spring into action’ is a free, one day event designed to help small businesses, start up companies and anyone with ideas around starting a new business, to move their ideas and their businesses forward.

Leeds-based entrepreneur Pete Mills will start the day with a keynote presentation describing his experience and the challenges of starting and running a business. Pete is the director and co-owner of digital agency Calls9 and launched the agency in 2010 along with his business partner Adam Roney.

With a growing team, the agency has recently moved to new offices at Broadgate in the centre of Leeds.

Their clients include, Gordons LLP ,Bradford Grammar School and Manchester United and England footballer Tom Cleverley.

Pete will chart the highs and lows of running his own company including how to build a client list, the challenges of being a start-up and gaining credibility, how to manage cash flow and some of the things he wished people had told him ‘before’ they started!

The day will feature presentations, workshops and the opportunity to talk to a full range of business support providers. This enables people to get all the business advice they need in one place.

Information, practical help and advice will also be available from the councils Business and Patent Information Service, based at Leeds Central Library.

The programme includes two practical workshops; ‘Introduction to accountancy and bookkeeping’ with Jane Tindall of accountancy firm WGN and ‘How to make your marketing work for you’ with Deborah Goodall of Aer8 Marketing.

Also included are presentations from Tina Boden of Enterprise Rockers on ‘Business networking – nightmare or necessity?’, HMRC’s Michelle Allard on ‘Being your own boss’ and Ged Doonan of the Business & Patents Information Service on ‘Protecting your ideas‘.

Organised by Leeds City Council’s Economic Development service, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Europe Direct Leeds, the open format for the day enables delegates to meet with support providers, find out what is relevant to their business needs and network, with other local business owners.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and economy said:

“There’s an excellent range of providers at this event able to support local businesses and provide information on areas such as sourcing finance, an introduction to intellectual property and patents, finding premises, growing a business and start up advice.

“Conditions are very tough for small businesses and are likely to remain over the coming year. We’re hoping this event will arm business owners and entrepreneurs with what they need to know, not only to survive but to spring, leap or launch their businesses into a successful 2013 and beyond.”

Workshop places are limited so early booking is essential. Anyone interested in attending individual sessions can book online by visiting: http://springintoaction2013.eventbrite.co.uk

For media enquiries please contact:

Leeds City Council press office, 0113 395 0244

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Email: kalpna.mistry@yourchamber.org.uk