Business support - workshops and seminars

​We deliver a range of supporting activities aimed at anyone considering self-employment, starting a new business or requiring advice on intellectual property.

Workshops and seminars

Setting up and running a limited company seminar

Starting a business and thinking about setting up a limited company? Then this seminar is for you. Philip Wheeler, a solicitor, will explain the following areas with a Q&A session to follow.

  • Why set up as a limited company and what are the other ways of trading?
  • Essentials for setting up a limited company, how to register and what information is needed including the do’s and don’ts for company names.
  • Running a limited company and director’s responsibilities.
  • Paperwork involved including accounts and tax returns.
​Date​Time​Location
​14 March 2018​10am to 11:30amNorthampton Central Library
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Make every email count workshop

When you meet a client face-to-face you think about what to wear, how to greet the client, how to make your pitch and how to close the meeting.

But how much trouble do you take over your day-to-day emails? Aren't they just as important? Important for building your client relationships and boosting your brand?

This workshop will help you Make Every Email Count and covers all aspects of good emailing practice, such as:

  • subject lines
  • salutations
  • opening remarks
  • writing style
  • calls to action
  • sentence length
  • choice of words
  • abbreviations
  • formatting
  • proofreading

You'll learn everything you need to know to make your emails clear, concise and compelling whilst at the same time, how to build your relationships and boost your brand.

Presented by Stephen Church of CopyWriter Pro.

Date​Time​Location
​25 January 2018​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library
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Self-employment: is it for me?

For anyone thinking about starting a business, this free workshop provides an opportunity to explore the basic principles and procedures required to establish a successful business.

Feedback from previous attendees

“Very informative and well set out.”

“Good overview and lots of follow up options.”

​DateTime​​Location
​17 January 2017​10am to 12pmWellingborough Library
​1 February 2018​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Business Planning

Your business plan is your unique roadmap to starting and developing your business and is an essential tool if you intend to look for financial investment. This workshop delivered by staff from Lloyds Banking Group will help you develop your plan, with special emphasis on what banks look for in a business plan.

​Date​Time​Location
​24 January 2018​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Market research resources for your new business

A free workshop exploring online subscription resources Cobra, Mint and Mintel, for help with researching your business idea and market.

​DateTime​Location​
​18 January 2018​10am to 11am ​Northampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Introduction to tax and record keeping workshop

A workshop, delivered by an ICAEW chartered accountant covering the basics of tax and record keeping.

The workshop will cover:

  • Choosing the correct legal status for your business
  • Registering your business
  • Tax returns and payments
  • Keeping business records
  • Allowable expenses

Feedback from previous attendees:

“A good workshop, all my questions were answered thank you.”

“Presented very well and easily understood. I liked the friendly and informed approach to questions, would recommend.”

​Date​Time​Location
​7 February 2018​10am to 12pm Northampton Central Library​
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Using Facebook and Twitter for business: the basics

This free workshop is an introduction to using Facebook and Twitter for business. It is aimed at those prior to start-up and new businesses only.

​DateTime​Location​
​24 January 2018​10am to 12pm Wellingborough Library
​15 February 2018​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Webinars

If you are unable to attend our workshops we offer a variety of business webinars in association with the British Library.

​Title​Date​Time
​Webinar: Introduction to registered design searching​13 December 2017​10am to 11am
​Webinar: Introduction to lean start-up​14 December 2017​1pm to 2pm
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 Webinars

​The British Library's and IP centre offers a range of free webinars. For further information and booking, go to the British Library.

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