Hit the road to business success at Leeds Business & IP centre

As part of Global Entrepreneurship week, budding stars of the business world are invited to attend a special cycling themed event this Wednesday.

Held by the Enterprise Club in association with the Leeds Business & IP centre on Wednesday 19 November from 6pm-7.45pm at Leeds Central Library, those attending the 'Bike to the Future' event will hear from three local entrepreneurs about how they turned their passion for cycling into a business.

Speakers at the event include Steve Marsden from od-design, Nathan Hughes from Union of peddaler’s and Marek Szczeplek from Aurelius cycles, who each have their own very different story of the challenges they faced starting their own business in the cycling world.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

"We are delighted with how our new Business and IP Centre has been received since its launch earlier in the year, and as part of the 'Bike to the Future' event at Leeds City Library, budding entrepreneurs can find out more about how to turn a hobby into a business.

"Having hosted as a city the Grand Départ earlier this year, we know how cycling is very much on the crest of a wave in terms of popularity, and on the night you will have the chance to hear and pick up tips from three speakers who have started a business in the industry.

"We have a wide range of services to offer at our Business and IP Centre, and if you are thinking of starting a new business venture, or currently own a small company, why not pop down to the central library, and have a chat with us about what help we can provide."

With Leeds having hosting this year’s Tour de France Grand Départ and West Yorkshire firmly at the forefront of the boom in this industry, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the experts on how to turn any hobby or interest into a thriving business.

To book your place at the event, which will be held at the Leeds Business & IP centre, please contact www.bipcleeds.eventbrite.co.uk at: Tel: 0113 2478266.

On the night, the cycling industry guide in association with the British Library will also be available, which provides details on how to find out more about the industry to help develop their business and brand.

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.

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

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk