Central Library's Start-Up Day could help get your business moving

Budding entrepreneurs are invited to receive business advice from experts and hear their inspiring stories at Start-Up Day, at Manchester Central Library.

The free event – from 10am to 7pm - is to be held on Thursday 21 September and features a number of invited speakers, including Martyn Walsh from the Inspiral Carpets - along with several workshops teaching a variety of useful business skills.

The day’s events and activities will help aspiring entrepreneurs transform their ideas into a successful enterprise by bringing together successful experienced entrepreneurs, speakers and teachers for a full day of inspiration and networking.

Martyn Walsh will be among the successful speakers from the business world who will reveal their inspiring stories throughout the day.  Martyn is set to become a Creative Industries Guru in residence for Central Library’s Business & IP Centre Manchester (BIPC). He will be holding regular advice sessions in the BIPC for businesses in the creative and media sectors.

Names behind some of Britain’s biggest brands will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, including Suzanne Brock from pet food company Nutriment, and Jason Bailey from GRUB, a Manchester based street foods events company.

Attendees will also have the chance to find about the resources on offer for start-ups in Central Library’s BIPC.

In the last year Central Library’s BIPC has supported more than 4,000 people to set up and grow new businesses, and there will be a chance to meet some of the BIPC’s success stories at the ‘Made In Manchester’ panel event.

Free practical workshops will inform attendees on how to protect their idea, write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and research the market using the libraries’ up-to-the-minute intellectual property and business databases.

Representatives from Virgin StartUp and Google Digital Garage will be on hand to advise aspiring entrepreneurs on issues surrounding funding and will explain how to maximise their online impact for today’s digital age.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, said: “Start-Up Day promises to offer a wealth of help, advice, and networking opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to help launch their business.

“Whether you have a great business idea, are just starting up, or are in the process of getting your enterprise established, being able to access the right help and support will boost your chance of success and our team at Central Library’s Business & IP Centre are there to help get your business moving."

The free event is open to all but spaces should be booked in advance at:

https://manchesterbipc.eventbrite.co.uk, or email businessinfo@manchester.gov.uk for more information.

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