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New resources for businesses and entrepreneurs in Great Yarmouth

24 January 2020

A new Business & Intellectual Property Hub which will give expert advice on how to start, run and grow a business is set to launch in Great Yarmouth next week.

It follows the success of two hubs in King’s Lynn and Thetford as well as a central hub in Norwich which have together helped launch 209 new businesses and create more than 100 jobs since 2017.

The hub will be located at Great Yarmouth Library on Tolhouse Street, and will offer one-to-one support, workshops and events with staff and partner organisations.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council said: “The success of our other hubs has shown that, with the right support, new enterprises can grow into established businesses. While most local authorities only offer the service in one location we’re proud to be one of only three that provide it county-wide. I am especially pleased that 67% of those reached by the existing centres have been women who are typically under-represented in the business world.”

Cllr Mike Smith-Clare, Member for Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown said: “I’m thrilled our Library and Information Service will now offer this invaluable service in Great Yarmouth. It is essential that local businesses receive the support they deserve - not just to get started, but to grow, and I welcome any initiative that enables this.”

Local entrepreneur Hazel Russell will be talking about setting up The Wood Life Project, a company which makes eco-friendly, sustainable products.

Throughout the afternoon the hub will be hosting a Business Support Marketplace with expert business advisors from Menta, New Anglia Growth Hub and Santander Bank offering advice and support to budding entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

Intellectual property advisors from the library service will also be on hand to discuss how to recognise your intellectual property, design, patent, copyright and trademark it, as well as how best to protect it.

Norfolk County Council's Library and Information Service was recently highlighted in a report by the British Library. The report found that for every pound spent across Norfolk Library Service's Business & IP Centres, a payback of £6.95 was gained. It also found that the entrepreneurs supported were diverse, with 67% being women, 50% were from the most deprived areas.

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Details of launch event

  • 1pm – arrivals and refreshments
  • 1.30pm – formal speeches
  • 1.50pm – hear from local entrepreneur Hazel Russell about setting up The Wood Life Project, a company which makes eco-friendly, sustainable products
  • 2-5pm – Business support marketplace

This event is free.

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