Free business start-up workshops set to be held at Leeds libraries

A series of free business start-up workshops for budding entrepreneurs are set to be held at libraries across Leeds.

As part of the workshops which will begin at Seacroft Library this week from 10.30am - 1.30pm, a range of help and information will be provided to people who are interested in setting up their own business.

This will include support from members of Leeds City Council’s library business team, and speakers from Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Job Centre Plus, The Leeds Credit Union and The Institute of Marketing. A local firm of accountants will also be joining guest speakers to offer advice at the events, where attendees can find out more and pick the brains of all the experts present.

Similar events help previously have proved to be a great success, and anyone interested in attending are asked to book their place as soon as possible. For more information and details regarding bookings for the workshops, please contact Leeds City Council’s Business & IP Centre on: (0113) 247 8266.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Starting up your own business can sometimes be very daunting, and I am delighted therefore that we will be holding a number of events at libraries across the city offering specialist advice and information to budding entrepreneurs.

"With a range of experts also set to be present this really is an opportunity not to be missed and we would advise people to book early as similar events held at our libraries have proved to be extremely popular."

Notes to editors:

The business start-up workshops will be held on the following dates:

12/12/13 – Seacroft Library

14/1/14 – Horsforth Library

11/2/14 – Compton Road Library

11/3/14 – Armley Library

15/4/14 – Garforth Library

13/5/14 – Farsley Library

16/7/14 – Halton Library

16/9/14 – Moor Allerton Library

14/10/14 – Enterprise Foundation, Headingley

Further details regarding an event at Otley library planned for June 2014, will be provided once a date is confirmed.

All events will be held between: 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Leeds Business & IP centre:

The Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre, Leeds is part of the Business & IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities. A collaboration between the British Library and six Core City Libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield), the Business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk