Workshops help break the pain barrier for budding entrepreneurs

A new series of workshops, offering advice and guidance for budding entrepreneurs, kicks off this week starting with a session taking place at Morley Town Hall on Wednesday 1st May (10.30am -1.30pm).

Organised by Leeds City Council’s libraries and economic development services, the sessions are open to anyone thinking of setting up their own business and to people who have just started a business.

All the basics of starting your own business will be covered, including help available from the libraries’ business and patent information service, advice on marketing your business, how to make tax and book keeping less painful and support available through the Enterprise Allowance scheme.

Experts advisers from the chamber of commerce. Job Centre Plus, chartered accountants WGN and the Chartered Institute of Marketing will provide practical advice and guidance to help give the best possible start

Sessions run form 10.30am to 1.30pm throughout May, June and July and take place in easily accessible venues across Leeds. The programme for the workshop series includes sessions at:

• Morley Town Hall – Wednesday 1st May

• Horsforth Library – Tuesday 21st May

• Moor Allerton Library – Friday 7th June

• Armley Library – Monday 17th June

• Garforth Library – Thursday 4th July

• Otley Community Centre – Wednesday 17th July

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for development and economy said:

“Encouraging enterprise plays an important role in growing the local economy and these free workshops represent an ideal way to find out about and tap into the wide range of help and support that’s available to start up businesses.

“They offer the chance to get expert advice on the issues that aspiring entrepreneurs need to think about as they prepare to go into business and start building your business network.”

Anyone interested in attending a workshop can register online via http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3013308534?s=14124465.

Further information is also available from Amrit Choda, Leeds City Council business development officer on 0113 247 5745.

For media enquiries, please contact;

David Baggaley, Marketing Manager, Leeds City Council economic development

Tel (0113) 247 7851 Email: david.baggaley@leeds.gov.uk