18 September 2017

A new generation of entrepreneurs are invited to free events at a Sheffield libraries’ business advice centre on Thursday, 21 September.

Sheffield’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre, based in the Central Library, is linking with other British Library Business and IP Centres for a National Start-up day to support budding business men and women.

Thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses have attended free information and advice sessions at the Central Library, since the specialist centre opened in January 2015.

On Thursday 21 September, sessions include: top tips when starting a business, researching your market and building a social media strategy. An inspirational talk will be given by Sheffield based business mentor and coach, Dawn Bates. There will also be speakers from the Google Digital Garage and a networking event to close the day.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “Libraries offer a wealth of information to entrepreneurs and businesses. Our centre provides specialist advice to help people protect their ideas and products, as well as researching their market.

“I’d encourage anybody thinking of starting a business to come to the Start-up day to find out about the next steps to take to grow their business and ideas.”

Isabel Oswell, Head of Business and Research Audiences at the British Library, said “Following the success of our inaugural Start-up Day last year, we’re delighted to launch another inspiring and informative day of events in city libraries across the country with some of the industry’s key ‘movers and shakers’. For those people out there who have a business idea but aren’t sure what steps to take next, Start-up Day is a great place to begin”.

All events on the 21 September are free. People are advised to book places online or at Sheffield’s Central Library.

Sheffield’s Business & IP Centre adds to the wealth of business support already provided by Sheffield City Council. Find out more at www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/business


About the British Library Business & IP Centre:
The British Library Business & IP Centre exists to protect and grow successful businesses. The Centre provides free access to the UK’s largest collection of intellectual property resources, market research and business data, coupled with free and low-cost training, one-to-one support and networking events in an aspiring and accessible space. Since 2012 the Library has been rolling out its model for business support to other UK city libraries, and currently heads a co-branded network of 10 partner Business & IP Centres offering comparable services to current and aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.

About British Library Start-Up Day:
The British Library Start-up Day 2017 will take place on 21 September in London (10:00 – 18:00) and will be delivered through the National Network of Business & IP Centres, as well as through partner and branch libraries in other locations around the UK. National Network cities participating in Start-up Day 2017 are Sheffield, Birmingham, Barnstaple, Exeter, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norfolk and Northampton. Other cities who will be joining in are Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nottingham and Worcester.