Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Enterprise Club Sessions for 2015

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.

12th Jan 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Is starting a business right for you?
26th Jan 2015 6pm-7.45pm- bookkeeping,tax and NI
9th Feb 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Marketing your new businesses
2nd March 2015 6pm-7.45pm - Business resources/the importance of intellectual property
16th March 2015 6pm-7.45pm- Social Media for business

Book at http://www.bipcleeds.eventbrite.co.uk


To find out more and book into the workshops contact:
Business & IP Centre Leeds
Tel: 0113 2478266
Email: bipcleeds@leeds.gov.uk


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



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Bookkeeping,Tax and NI at the Enterprise Club (Leeds) 27th Oct

Intellectual Property Clinics 2014

Attending an IP clinic offers the opportunity of a FREE confidential one-to-one consultation with a registered patent agent to discuss your ideas, products or brands.

The Leeds clinic takes place once a month on a Monday evening in the Central Library and appointments must be booked in advance (0113 2478266). Dates of forthcoming clinics are given below.

next clinics 2014

17th Nov

1st Dec

All attending patent attorneys are members of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

For more information or to book a place tel: 0113 2478266

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

16th Oct, Get free advice from our Innovator in Residence

Details of the next one-to-one development advice sessions with Roger Tipple of Tipple Associates. If you do want to book an appointment please give us a ring on the number below.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Developing a new product? Free one-to-one advice & guidance 4/9/14


Developing a new product?

Need help to make your ideas a reality?


Free one-to-one advice & guidance

Thursday 4th September 2014






Innovator in Residence

Roger Tipple of Tipple Associates works with individual inventors and companies to get new ideas off the ground and develop new products.


For further information or to book an appointment please ring (0113) 2478266

Business & IP Centre Leeds
Central Library
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 3AB

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Leeds Inventors Group *No Meetings July/August*


Leeds Inventors Group Meeting *No Meetings July/August* we'll be back in September 2014

A great opportunity to mix with other inventors and get advice from people involved in the business of protecting and exploiting new ideas and products. An invited speaker attends each monthly meeting. Open to all. Free admission.

When: TBA



Tuesday, 24 June 2014

innovator-in-residence

Following the success of our innovator-in-residence day a few weeks ago we will be running another session with Roger Tipple on Tuesday 8th July. If you would like to speak to Roger about developing your product give us a ring for an appointment or more information. Appointments are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. 






Monday, 16 June 2014

Ruk-bug Russell Clifton Leeds inventors group 11th June 2014


The initial spark of Russell’s initial innovative idea came when returning from holiday with his family. They had to wait at the airport while their missing pushchair was located, and Russell began to think about how to construct a folding buggy which would be easy to carry about when not in use. He also wanted something  which would not easily topple over when bags are added to it.

Russell explained that before he came up with the idea for a folding pushchair-and-rucksack, he was a youth worker. He had no experience of product development, business, finance or intellectual property – areas which he has had to learn from scratch.

He enrolled on a business course, and from there was put in touch with Manchester central library’s Business & IP Centre. Through the centre he spoke to a patent attorney and was introduced to the delights of patent searching. Patent searching is always a vital first step in trying to determine whether an inventor’s “new” idea is actually original, and Russell spent many hours trying to find any previously filed patent applications which might thwart his plans.

Since then he has had three UK patents granted and several international patents filed; has visited trade shows both here and abroad and his folding buggy has won several awards.

As with most inventors he has not found the process of getting his product to market an easy one. Finance has been the biggest difficulty – he has gained funding from a variety of sources, including venture capitalists, private individuals and government bodies, but the development of a new product tends to involve significant costs. Maintaining financial support over a period of time is always a challenge. Russell has found that a surprising amount has been done through good will.

Prototyping, of course, can be expensive and it’s not unusual to have to produce several versions of a product. Russell described one incident where he discovered he had £10,000 worth of prototypes which didn’t work because the prototype hadn’t got all the parts right. The discovery was made just before he was due at a trade show.

He made a conscious decision to manufacture in the UK, partly for ethical reasons and partly to ensure that he kept control of development. It’s obviously easier to oversee development here than having to regularly travel abroad.

Knowing your product in detail is vital – every component, what they’re made of and how it works. Russell kept emphasising the importance of research, and this is something which should be ongoing – you need to know your market and the processes involved in getting your product out there. And be aware that the market will change and you need to adapt. Keep improving your product.

Your competitors will also look closely at what you are doing and try to find ways of improving what you have done. Russell already has other products in the planning stage rather than just relying on one.

He had to learn about finance and about design and the terminology which is used in those areas.

If you’re going to succeed you also need a network. If you’re going for money, financiers will want to know who you’re connected with – it can make you a more attractive proposition. And unless you work hard to talk to people and make connections you won’t find the people who can help.

In Russell’s view it’s best to file a patent as late as possible because once it’s published everyone knows what you’re doing. Patenting can be very expensive and money you spend on it is not going into the product itself – but if you have intellectual property you can licence it.

For the trade mark Ruk-bug® Russell wanted something which would give some indication of what the product is – buggy / rucksack. But he also wanted a logo which would indicate a sense of fun. A series of designs were created and tested with a focus group and the favourite was then registered as a trade mark.






Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Free one-to-one advice & guidance

Developing a new product? Need help to make your ideas a reality?

Free one-to-one advice & guidance Tuesday 3rd June

Innovator in Residence Roger Tipple of Tipple Associates works with individual inventors and companies to get new ideas off the ground and develop new products.

For further information or to book an appointment please ring (0113) 2478266


Friday, 2 May 2014

Making money from your IP 14th May 2014

Bill Goodwin, solicitor, registered trade mark attorney and partner at Ward Hadaway solicitors explains the importance of protecting your products and brands and how you can use your IP to raise finance. Bill is a commercial lawyer of many years experience and regularly presents talks to entrepreneurs and businesses on protecting and exploiting brands and innovations. He has dealt with a wide range of clients from individual inventors, start-ups and SMEs to PLCs.


Leeds Inventors GroupWednesday 14th May 6 – 7.45pm



Free admission
Central Library
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Calverley Street
Leeds
LS1 3AB
http://leedsinventorsgroup.blogspot.com




Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Leeds Inventors Group No meeting this Month (April)

There will be no inventors group meeting this month. We hope to be back in action next month.










 

Friday, 21 March 2014

New business centre launched at Leeds Central Library


Caption: (L-R) - Dr Stephen Fear, entrepreneur in residence, The British Library, Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, Bev Rice, head of Leeds City Council’s library & information service, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills and Frances Brindle, director of audiences, The British Library.

A new service based at a popular Leeds library offering a wide range of support and advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs has been officially launched this week.

The newly refurbished Business & IP Centre at Leeds Central Library, which is based right in the heart of the city centre, will provide a free and accessible service to anyone wishing to set up, protect and grow a successful business. Visitors to the centre will be able to access business databases and market research reports, trade journals, directories and a wealth of other information about starting up and running a business. There will also be a programme of free workshops and 1:1 advice sessions delivered by staff and business experts on a range of topics including starting up, business planning and marketing, as well as how intellectual property can protect products, brands and designs.

The Business & IP Centre Leeds has been developed in partnership with the British Library, which has helped over 350,000 entrepreneurs to date since opening their own Business & IP Centre in 2006.

Leeds is the second city to open its Business & IP Centre, following a successful pilot in Newcastle. Other centres are set to open in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield over the next year.

Speakers at the launch included Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan, Dr Stephen Fear, entrepreneur in residence at The British Library and Frances Brindles, director of audiences at The British Library.

For more information and details regarding Leeds City Council’s Business & IP Centre on: (0113) 247 8266.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:
"It was fantastic to be at the launch of the new Business & IP Centre based at Leeds Central Library, which will provide a dynamic hub where small business owners and entrepreneurs in our city can access a wide range of important advice and support.

"This new centre will play an important role in both supporting and creating business growth in our city, and I would urge anyone who currently owns a small company or is thinking about starting a new venture to pop down to the Central Library and see what we have to offer."

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said:
"It is great news to welcome the new Business & IP Centre to Leeds, which will provide the right environment in which entrepreneurs and small businesses can access the support they need on issues like intellectual property to prosper and thrive. It's also good to have such a high quality example of the partnership between the city and the British Library, who play such an important economic role in Boston Spa."

Isabel Oswell, head of business and research audiences at The British Library said:
"Our vision is that, by 2020, there will be a network of Business & IP Centres throughout the UK working together to offer the UK’s entrepreneurs a trusted place to access vital business and intellectual property information and advice.

"Today, with the opening of the Business & IP Centre in Leeds, we are one step closer to achieving this goal and are thrilled that budding businesses in West Yorkshire will be able to benefit from this fantastic new service."

Dr Stephen Fear, entrepreneur in residence at The British Library said:
"As a city built on enterprise, Leeds has been the birth place of some of the most innovative business minds and it’s important that people understand the vital role libraries can play in the development of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

"The launch of the Business & IP Centre is a great opportunity for those in and around the city to take full advantage of its free resources and I’m sure it can help to inspire and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurial talent."

Leeds Business & IP centre:
The Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre, Leeds is part of the Business & IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities. A collaboration between the British Library and six Core City Libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield), the Business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country.

The British Library:
The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the world’s greatest libraries. Business & IP Centre, based at St Pancras in London, opened in March 2006 with the help of London Development Agency funding. Since then, it has welcomed over 350,000 people through the doors and has an excellent track record in supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs from all walks of life to start and grow businesses. The Centre provides free access to an unparalleled resource of business and intellectual property information (over £5 million worth), supplemented by one-to-one advice clinics, practical workshops and networking events, featuring ‘role model’ entrepreneurs

Business & IP Centre Leeds Newsletter March 2014


The Business & IP Centre Leeds is part of the Business and IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1-1 advice and mentoring opportunities.  A collaboration between the British Library, the Intellectual Property Office and Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield libraries, the centres aim to inspire and support local businesses and entrepreneurs either face to face in the newly refurbished centre or via remote enquiry.

Serving the local economy
Leeds Library and Information Service has a long history of supporting the city region with their business information needs.
Last year we supported:
1000 start-ups through our Enterprise Club
160 inventors via the Inventors club
1700 business and intellectual property enquiries
240 one to one advisory sessions
8,673  face to face / phone, business and economy enquiries  


Supporting local enterprise and innovation
An example of the new partnership with the British Library is the successful series of  Inspiring Entrepreneurs events, the first of which was held in September 2013. More than 100 entrepreneurs and local businesses attended “Marketing Maestros” which featured local entrepreneur Viv Parry and a live webcast and panel discussion with founding members of Green & Blacks, King of Shaves and JoJo  Maman  Bébé.

The Centre
The Business & IP Centre Leeds provides a city centre location where people can come to find information, do research on markets, access specialist databases, network with others and access free and low-cost advice and information to help them start, develop and run their business. Knowledgeable staff are available to help and advise.

Information available includes:
Business to business mailing lists
Company reports showing credit scores, financial health, directors and competitors
Legislation
Market Research Reports
Business Information factsheets
British Standards
Guidance on protecting  your products
Guidance on how to avoid  infringing others intellectual property rights
Patent and trademark search service
Online resources available to access from home or work
Confidential consultation with specialist Business and IP Centre staff
Confidential consultations with registered CIPA patent and trade mark attorneys
Business start- up workshops
Meetings of the Leeds Inventors Group
Enterprise Club to help set up and run a successful business



 The new centre in Leeds also includes
Advisors in residence for anyone requiring specialist advice in key areas
A space to work using library computers and free internet or a place to plug in your laptop
Innovation showcase area  featuring local business successes
Dedicated networking area including a skills swap notice board.
A bookable meeting room with interactive whiteboard and laptops.





Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Business & IP Centre Leeds OPEN NOW

The centre is now open and looks great.We will be having an official opening in March. Look out for more news soon. In the mean time visit us on the 2nd floor of the central library, Leeds.


Business and IP Centre Leeds in a newly refurbished area in the Central library along with the Europe Direct Information Centre and the Information and Research Library - more photos here:

The Business & IP Centre, Leeds is part of the Business & IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities. A collaboration between the British Library and six Core City Libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield), the Business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country, and is supported by the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and Arts Council through direct funding and via the Enterprising Libraries project.
Enterprising Libraries will draw on the Business & IP Centre, Leeds's role as a community hub to spark local economic growth and improve social mobility in local communities across the Yorkshire and Humber region, embedding the library as a trusted centre of business support and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for people of all backgrounds.







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We provide a comprehensive one-stop information service to support all your business and intellectual property (IP) needs. Whether you’re an existing business, a business start-up, an entrepreneur, an inventor or wish to become self-employed we have information for you.
Services and Resources
  • business to business mailing lists
  • company information and accounts
  • market research reports including Mintel and Key Note
  • business information factsheets available in the library or at home or work
  • guidance on protecting your products and services with patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright
  • guidance on how to avoid infringing other people’s intellectual property rights
  • patent and trademark search service
  • FREE online resources available at home or work through library membership including COBRA – complete business reference advisor and British Standards.
Networking and events