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Innovating for Growth Start-ups 2 Day Course (Islington Central Library)

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First Steps Learning Centre

Islington Central Library

2 Fieldway Crescent


N5 1PF

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Get the knowledge and information you need to successfully launch a business!

In this 2 day short course we will cover the essentials of what you need to do to set up and launch a business. Specifically we will cover:

Day 1:

Morning: 'Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre'

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success

The Business & IP Centre is a first step to business success. The Centre offers access to a comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information sources, as well as practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks which can help you make informed decisions about the development of your business ideas.

This free workshop provides a practical introduction to these essential resources, events and activities and how they can be most effectively applied to meet the needs of your business and help you achieve success.

Afternoon: 'How can I protect my business idea?'

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea

An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s a business, an invention, a brand name or a song.

This session will introduce the four areas of intellectual property and help you understand which ones may apply to you and your business or business idea. The session provides a basic introduction to patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright and provides a foundation to our ‘Mini-Masterclass’ series.

Day 2 is delivered by staff from the British LIbrary Business & IP Centre's Reference and Research Team

This 2 day short course is delivered as part of the British L'brary's Innovating for Growth:Start-ups programme. To take part you should be either

  • the owner of a business which is either not trading or has been registered at Companies House for less than 12 months, or

  • an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop

A certificate for Innovating for Growth: Start-ups will be awarded on completion of the programme.

Day 2:

Get Started

  1. A self-assessment of whether you are ready to launch a business or not

  2. Finding the facts - answering some of the typical questions that arise when starting in business

  3. Must-know marketing – find out how marketing to the right customers and in the right marketplace can ensure your success

  4. Financing a new business – start-up funding options you can consider

  5. Figuring out the financials – we’ll help you demystify business finances and we’ll explain some important accounting terms

  6. Bringing it all together – we will help you get your business plan started

After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify effective market research techniques

  • Identify and quantify the market opportunity

  • Develop competitive service/product offers

  • Develop a successful marketing strategy

  • Generate sales, break-even and profit and loss forecasting techniques.

  • Produce a clear business plan

  • Understand how to raise finance from banks, investors or other sources of funding

  • Know where else to go in order to gain additional support and advice

Day 1 is run by Centa Business Services, a long standing social enterprise and registered Enterprise Agency providing business support in central London.

For further information visit the Start-ups page on our website.

This event is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the British Library as part of the Innovating for Growth Start-ups Programme – a series of workshops, events and advice clinics, designed to support new business and innovation in London.

Innovating for Growth is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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