Leeds Libraries joins with national programme to help small businesses thrive during the pandemic
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Reset. Restart is open to all owners of small and medium sized UK businesses and offers practical, jargon-free training and advice through a free, tailored national programme delivered by the British Library, with localised support available from BIPC Leeds, part of Leeds Libraries.
The national programme is made up of 10 monthly webinars on topics including opportunities in the ‘new normal’, product and service innovation, marketing, finance and new business models. The programme runs alongside the free services provided by BIPC Leeds, one of 14 regional centres in the British Library’s BIPC Network.
BIPC Leeds has a record of helping to create successful small businesses with strong survival rates and of supporting under-represented entrepreneurs in Leeds. A recent independent report released by the British Library showed that BIPC Leeds has helped to create over 1,127 new businesses in just three years.
Following a major government investment of £13m, the British Library is set to expand the BIPC Network from 14 to 22 regional centres in England and Scotland by 2023, with a further 90 local centres across the network.
As part of this investment, Leeds Libraries has received funding to develop and extend its existing regional service to support partner library services across West Yorkshire in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Leeds Libraries will work with these local partner libraries to develop the BIPC service within their authority in order to re-build confidence and support businesses to recover from COVID-19.
In addition to the Reset. Restart programme, Leeds Libraries also joined the BIPC network’s annual Start-Up Day yesterday which featured talks and practical advice sessions designed to support those with a business idea get off to a flying start.
Coun Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council's executive member for communities, said: “I’m delighted that Leeds Libraries will be playing a major part in supporting businesses and entrepreneurs across Leeds and West Yorkshire to develop the skills and confidence they need to start and grow successful businesses.
“We will be running this programme over the next six months to arm people with the right information and networks to rebuild and adapt their business models and become more agile.”
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