A RANGE of events are being held in Newcastle to help small firms and those with start-up ideas as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which starts today.
Workshops, seminars and one-to-one coaching will be available at Newcastle City Library, in partnership with the British Library Business & IP Centre.
The week kicks off tonight at 6.15pm with a webcast with some of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs including designer Orla Kiely, Sam Hargreaves of Gadgets4Everyone and Stephen Fear, who is currently the British Library Entrepreneur in Residence.
The Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Question Time for Entrepreneurs 2012 will be broadcast live from the British Library in London.
It will examine issues for new companies including how to successfully manage growth, generate extra sales with minimal cost and dealing with the current economic climate. People attending will be able to question the panel using Twitter.
On Wednesday, Enterprising Newcastle – which is organising the local week of events – RTC North, Companies House and other organisations will be present at the Global Entrepreneurship Week Special Information Fair at the library’s Bewick Hall.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship, and there are events taking place in 115 countries. In the UK, the campaign is hosted by Youth Business International, a global network of initiatives that help young entrepreneurs to start their own business, in partnership with Barclays.
It aims to encourage potential business owners, improve entrepreneurship skills and help those already in business to access practical support at local, regional and national level.
Coun Michael Johnson, Newcastle City Council’s deputy cabinet member for skills, business and enterprise, said: “The North East has a strong heritage in business and innovation and has been the birthplace of revolutionary ideas including the steam engine and electric lightbulb, and played a key role in helping iPod and iPad designer Sir Jonathan Ive on the road to success.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to showcase the resources and help available to the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.
“The Business & IP Centre Newcastle can play a key role in our region to provide support to those very people whose ideas and inspiration will boost the future economy of the area.”
To book a place at any of the events at the City Library go to www.bipcnewcastle.co.uk or tel. 0191 277 4100.