Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Leap into Action 29th Feb 2012 Enterprise event

To read the full seminar programme and to book your free place please visit http://leapintoaction2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Council urges business to leap into action in 2012

Leeds City Council is asking owners/managers of new start up and micro businesses to ‘save the date’ for an important enterprise event to be held on a date which only comes around once every four years – 29th February.

The ‘Leap into Action’ event is free and will provide an opportunity for businesses to see first hand what business support is available from Leeds City Council and a number of other organisations in the city. It is hoped the event will inspire and inform businesses and new start ups to help them develop and grow their businesses in 2012.

In addition the event is being held as a reminder of the huge variety and scope of information and help available from the Business and Patent Information Service of the council based in Leeds Central Library.

The day will include an exhibition area as well as a number of seminars aimed at anyone thinking about starting up or who has already taken the plunge and wants guidance on areas such as sourcing finance, business support, finding office space, tax and national insurance, how to network, protecting new products and developing brands as well as the hot topic of social media and making the best of it for business.

Simon Brereton, enterprise support team manager for Leeds City Council said:
“At a time when there is a great deal of uncertainty about what business support is available we felt it was important to highlight the large amount of useful information, a lot of which is free, currently available from the council and local organisations.

“For example it’s little known that Leeds has one of the few full-time patent libraries in the UK. An effective patent or trademark search can be a vital first step when developing a new product and can ultimately save you time and money. The event in February will also give business owners a chance to expand their knowledge of business issues and talk to some of the providers.”

The event takes place on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at the Leeds Central Library from 11am to 6.00pm.

The council have also produced an electronic guide which outlines what support is available and how to get in touch with the relevant department or organisation. The guide is available by emailing katie.dunlevey@enterpriseleeds.co.uk or calling 0113 220 6350. It can also be downloaded from www.enterpriseleeds.co.uk
The event is supported by Europe Direct.