Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Enterprise Club and Business Start Up Sessions for 2014

Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed and are FREE.

6th January 2014 6pm-7.45pm- Is starting a business right for you?
20th January 2014 6pm-7.45pm - bookkeeping,tax and NI
3rd February 2014 6pm-7.45pm- Marketing your new businesses
17th February 2014 -6 pm-7.45pm Business resources/the importance of intellectual property
3rd March 2014 6pm-7.45pm - Getting your business online
17th March 2014 6pm-7.45pm- Social Media for business
Frances Day-Social Media for business

 We also have workshops around Leeds with a variety of business support organisations, to point you in the right direction:

14th January 2014- Horsforth Library 10.30am-1.30pm
11th February 2014- Compton Road Library 10.30am-1.30pm
11th March- Armley Library  10.30am-1.30pm
15th April- Garforth Library  10.30am-1.30pm


http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/2985198129?s=11341323
Eventbrite - The Enterprise Club (Leeds) - Marketing Your business


We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk


The Enterprise Club runs at:Leeds Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
LS1 3AB

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

In the Den with the Dragons, Leeds Screening 19/11/13

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 18th Nov - 22nd Nov, we are bringing a panel of formidable Dragons from the very first series to the latest. This special event will give you the chance to learn from our no-nonsense experts about what makes a winning pitch and how to scale up your business.

Find out how they’ve all risen from start-ups to stars in the business world and how you can apply their tried and tested techniques to your own business.


The panel discussion will be streamed live from the British Library in London, after you’ve heard from local entrepreneur Claire Mitchell from Chillipeeps in Leeds. Plus, you can put your questions to all speakers and network with other local businesses.

Local speaker: Claire Mitchell, Chillipeeps, Via live webcast: •Kelly Hoppen MBE, Current Dragon and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors•Piers Linney, Current Dragon and co-CEO of Outsourcery •Doug Richard, Series One Dragon and founder of School for Startups

Book free: http://leedsintheden.eventbrite.co.uk/
Henry Moore Suite, Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds United Kingdom
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 from 17:45 to 21:00 (GMT)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Marketing for new business 21/10 at the enterprise club

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed and are FREE. Topic- Marketing for new businesses To find out more contact:Business and Patent Information Services Tel: 0113 2478266 Email:piu@leeds.gov.uk

Friday, 20 September 2013

Get It Right First Time Leeds, 1st Oct




Get It Right - First Time: Leeds

Understanding Intellectual Property

The first half of the session will be presented by experts from the Intellectual Property Office, who will provide you with an overview of Intellectual Property, why it is important to your business and how you can make money from it.

First Time Director responsibilities

In the second half of the session, experts from Companies House will help you understand your responsibilities as a company officer and provide details of the filing requirements under the Companies Act 2006.

Book here:
 http://www.ipo.gov.uk/getitright/getitright-events/getitright-leeds.htm

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Patent Searching Workshop 10/7/13

due to unforseen circumstances we have had to cancel the workshop for the 12th June it has been rescheduled for the 10th July. Tickets are available to book for this new date:

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The Enterprise Club - new dates starting 3rd June 2013

Thinking of starting a business?
Come along to Leeds Central Library's Enterprise Club

The Enterprise club provides an opportunity to network and access information, support and advice on starting and running a business from set-up onwards.The workshops are open to anyone thinking about setting up their own business or becoming self employed and are FREE.
                                      3rd June - Is starting a business right for you?
                                      17th June - Introduction to bookkeeping and tax
                                      8th July - Marketing your business
                                      22nd July - Business resources/the importance of intellectual property
                                      5th August - Getting your business online
                                      19th August - Social Media


http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/org/2985198129?s=11341323
Workshops will start on Mnesses

Location:  Leeds Central Library
                 3rd floor meeting room
Eventbrite - The Enterprise Club (Leeds) - Marketing Your business


NEW:
We have a group The Enterprise Club (Leeds) on LinkedIN for attendees of the the Enterprise Club. It has useful information for Business Start-Ups, discussions and special promotions. Why not join up to this group now? Here is the link:
To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business and Patent Information Services
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email:
piu@leeds.gov.uk


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

World Intellectual Property Day 2013 26/4

World Intellectual Property Day 2013

To coincide with World IP Day (26 April 2013), our specialist intellectual property lawyers will host an event to help individuals and organisations to understand their IP rights.

Where
Walker Morris, Kings Court, 12 King Street, Leeds LS1 2HL

When
Friday 26 April 2013
14:30 - 16:30

Why
Are you setting up or considering setting up a business?  Are you in a creative or innovative industry?  Do you have an inventive idea?  If so, you need to know and understand your IP rights.  Join us for an informative afternoon session to help you to identify and secure IP assets for the benefit of your business.  Enjoy afternoon tea and meet fellow individuals and business people with an interest in IP.  Hear case studies from companies with first hand experience of commercialising innovation and creativity.  Attend our free legal surgery to discuss any of your IP queries with our lawyers.

The day session will begin at 14:30 with the following case studies:

         Inventions in practice – explores the commercialisation of your ideas with local inventor, Andrew Gray
         Soft IP in business – looks at soft IP rights with a representative from an award winning graphic and website design agency
         Protecting your designs – considers the significance of design rights with an anti-counterfeiting expert
         Making your Mark – explores the importance of protecting your brands.

From 15:30 until 16:30, solicitors and trade mark attorneys from the Walker Morris IP department and patent attorney Stephen Mohun, from Mohun Intellectual Property will be available for free no obligation, legal surgeries for anyone who wants to discuss their IP queries.  


RSVP
Joanna Stead
joanna.stead@walkermorris.co.uk
+44 (0)113 283 2500
Walker Morris
12 King Street
Leeds
LS1 2HL
T +44 (0)113 283 2500
F +44 (0)113 245 9412
www.walkermorris.co.uk

 

Friday, 8 February 2013

Richard Hall, Pd-m International Leeds inventors group 9.1.2013

This was Richard’s first visit back to the inventors group as a speaker since January 2009.

Richard has been running his company, Pd-m International, since 2005. The company specialises in product design and manufacture, taking products to market and making sure that they comply with the relevant regulations. They have a very diverse client base – from individuals to large companies – but the process they go through is the same.

In all cases carrying out some patent searching in the early stages of a project is important. Is the product as new as you think it is? If something similar has already been done can you get round the prior art by ensuring your product is different enough? If not then it may be as well to drop the idea at this point – infringement can be expensive! Of course although protecting a product can be a good move intellectual property does not guarantee success.

Richard pointed out that design is subjective and there may be several different solutions to one problem. An important feature of the process is Proof of Concept. It’s important to test products out to see if your ideas really do work. This is something which often evolves and the time that it takes to develop a product should never be underestimated.

Product compliance is something which is mandatory but many inventors don’t realise that this is the case. There can be a number of regulations which apply to any one product covering such things as toxicity of materials used, electrical products etc. If components which you put into your product are already compliant when you receive them this does not guarantee that your overall product will be compliant. Compliance can potentially add tens of thousands to your costs.

When it comes to manufacturing, sometimes it can be difficult to get the right manufacturer who understands your vision, and that is important. They can work with you to help you adapt your product where necessary.

Manufacturing in the Far East can work well if you’re likely to be producing large volumes but manufacturing abroad is not always cheaper. You also need to understand the customs and social mores of the country in which you are intending to produce. And transport costs need to be added in to your budget. It is also not as easy to visit the manufacturer to monitor.

Getting contracts in to place with manufacturers from the outset is critical. Everyone needs to know where they stand – and particularly if things go wrong. If you have a “golden sample” which works well you can use this as a standard against which subsequent samples can be compared. One example which Richard gave where this would have been useful was when one company replaced stainless steel screws in a product with cheaper screws, and the product failed. Had the screw type and material been specified by the product owner this could have been avoided. The manufacturer who can produce the product at the lowest cost is not always the best.

Richard finished by summarising his main points:
  • Carry out an IP check. Is your product different enough from what has been done before?
  • Make sure the design has a commercial advantage.
  • Check for compliance.
  • Choose your manufacturer carefully and get written agreements in place.
  • When it comes to product quality in particular, make clear what you want and avoid ambiguity.
  • Get a good team around you.
  • Never underestimate how hard it is to develop a new product.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Malcolm Bell Leeds Inventors Group 28-11-2012

Malcolm is a professional engineer who has worked for Rolls Royce, Lucas and other major companies and with his partners has recently formed a new company. “Brand New Tricks” was set up to encourage people to produce new products.

Malcolm posed the question: Why would you want to patent a product? The obvious answer is that it’s safer to protect your products, but is patenting the right route to take?

Investors do like patents, as they believe it gives them more security and some companies buy up patents in the hope that they can make a profit by selling them on.

However patenting, in his experience, takes an enormous amount of time – and drawing up a patent specification is a skill. One tactic is to assume that if you’ve come up with an idea it’s likely that someone else will have had the same idea – so you need to think about how that idea could be improved.

It’s important to do as much searching as possible in the early stages. Your initial idea may not be new but looking at what others have done can actually give you better ideas.

It’s very important that an inventor learns how to read a patent. Patents are designed to be difficult to read, and you have to be able to argue your case with IPO examiners during the course of an application. In Malcolm’s view – if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, don’t do it. He went on to discuss the structure of a patent specification and its most important features. Some products can be very difficult to describe in words and that makes them more difficult to patent – and potentially more difficult to defend. He described a painful experience of his own when defending a patent in court during which a lawyer grilled him for around an hour about his use of the word “opposite” in the patent.

If someone infringes a patent a cease and desist letter is often enough to put the infringer off. If this doesn’t work and a patent dispute goes to court your costs are likely to rocket. He gave the example of Dyson who spent £3.5 million taking an infringer to court in China. He lost the case. If a competitor can come up with an improvement or variation on your original invention which is different enough they will be able to produce it and possibly patent it.

Malcolm advocated the importance of developing a good prototype – one that works and looks as good as something you’d buy in a shop rather than something you knocked together in your garage. He also gave his views on the common perception that things are cheapest to produce in China. If you’re mass producing in large numbers that can certainly be the case but you have to take into account that the products will take time to travel across the world and when they arrive you’ll need somewhere to store them. You will also have to deal with Customs. And if something goes wrong during production you may well have to travel to China to resolve the issue.

As always you need to be certain that there is a market for your product. Bear in mind that many shops won’t buy direct from producers – they’ll go via a wholesaler. So while there may be millions of shops there may only be a handful of wholesalers. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Spring Into Action 2013 - Free business support event 6/3/13

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A day of presentations, workshops and exhibitors - designed to support you and your business in 2013.
  • 8.30-8.55am : Registration and networking breakfast 
  • 9.00-9.30am : Presentation: Entrepreneur Pete Mills of Calls9: The journey from trainee solicitor to running his own digital agency. Pete's talk will include the highs and lows, what lessons he and partner Adam Roney have learnt since starting, how they built up their customer base, and things they wish someone had told them BEFORE they started!
     
  • 9.55-10.30am : Presentation: Business networking, nightmare or necessity? With Tina Boden, Enterprise Rockers
     
  • 10.45-11.45am:  Workshop A: Introduction to accountancy & bookkeeping. With Jane Tindall, WGN (max 25)
    OR
    Workshop B: How to make your marketing work. With Deborah Goodall, Aer8 Marketing (max 25)
      
  • 12.00-1.00pm : repeat of Workshops A and B above (max 25 at each)
     
  • 1.00-2.00pm : Break and chance to visit exhibitors with information on sourcing finance, patenting, finding premises, growing your business and more. 

If you need help with patenting and copyrights Ged Doonan of the Business & Patents Information Service will present a short talk on protecting your ideas during this lunch break.
There are a number of breaks built into the day enabling you to network with other delegates and visit the exhibitors.  Book your place now here. http://springintoaction2013.eventbrite.co.uk/
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