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

Intellectual property for food and drink businesses

Working in the food and drink sector? Creating a brand name, website, or a secret recipe? Then you need to be aware of intellectual property.

The UK food and drink sector create and use intellectual property (IP) all the time, perhaps without realising it.

IP in the sector affects anything from a brand name, web site, the distinctive shape of a product bespoke machinery to a secret recipe.

Who owns it and how can it be protected, this workshop will help attendees to gain a better understanding of this and much more.

Delivered by the Intellectual Property Office

DateTimeLocation
​28 September 2017​10am to 1.30pmNorthampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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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
​7 September 2017​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library
​4 October 2017​10am to 12pm Wellingborough 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 will help you develop your plan including getting your head around the financials.

​Date​Time​Location
​14 September 2017​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library

Places are limited so booking is essential.

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Using Cobra -a key source of information for anyone wanting to start a business

A free workshop exploring the subscription resource Cobra containing information about starting and running a business from sector legislation and trading issues to marketing strategy and taking payments, plus much more.

​DateTime​Location​
​12 October 2017​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
​5 October 2017​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 pre-startups and new businesses only.

​DateTime​Location​
​13 September 2017​10am to 12pmNorthampton Central Library
​18 October 2017​10am to 12pmWellingborough 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
​Introduction to Lean Start-up​24 August 2017​2pm to 3pm
​Introduction to Copyright​29 August 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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