Norfolk library kick-starts next generation of entrepreneurs

20 September 2017

Budding business owners from across Norfolk can get a wealth of advice and information from experts in Norwich tomorrow.

The Business & Intellectual Property Centre in the city’s Millennium Library is hosting Start-up Day tomorrow (Thursday 21 September) as part of a national drive to support and celebrate the region’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The day starts at 10.30am and will feature free workshops, talks and events at the library to equip people with the tools to turn their start-up dreams into reality. It will include everything from business advice and legal information to social media and publicity tips. Experts and entrepreneurs will share real life experiences and advice.

Google Digital Garage will run two seminars in the Vernon Castle Room, speakers include Ali Clabburn from Liftshare, Erika Watson of Prowess, staff from Leathes Prior Solicitors and Shaun Lowthorpe of Content Connective. Norfolk Knowledge will run workshops on business planning and sales.

People can book for the whole day of seminars, or for individual sessions, by going online at: to register. You will need your library card to register.

There will also be a marketplace of local business advice organisations on the ground floor tomorrow between 11-3pm featuring representives from Genix, NWES, Leathes Prior Solicitors, Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants, Prince's Trust and Worldpay. The marketplace will be open to all and won't require tickets.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This is a great opportunity for people starting out in business, or thinking about it, to find out some useful tips and advice from a range of local organisations- all for free.”

Across the country, The British Library Business & IP Centre and the National Network of Centres will open their doors for National Start-Up Day to more than 2,000 aspiring entrepreneurs tomorrow, keen to hear from a stellar line-up of seasoned business experts who’ll be sharing their know-how and insider tips.

Isabel Oswell, Head of Business & Research Audiences at the British Library, said: “Following the success of our inaugural Start-up Day last year, we’re delighted to launch another inspiring and informative day of events in city libraries across the country with some of the industry’s key ‘movers and shakers’. For those people out there who have a business idea but aren’t sure what steps to take next, Start-up Day is a great place to begin."

Research indicates that businesses who start up a business with the support of the Business & IP Centre network have a far greater chance of being successful. Currently in the UK more than 60 per cent of businesses fail within the first three years of trading, but a recent independent evaluation has showed that 90 per cent of businesses that started up with the help of the Centre were still trading after year three.

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