Running your own small business can be quite isolating and I work on my own – it’s good to be part of something and have opportunities to join networking and training events, or use some of the online support and forums.
Our partners for the conference were:
Government Equalities Office
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is responsible for equality strategy and legislation across government. The department takes action on the government’s commitment to remove barriers to equality and help to build a fairer society, leading on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality.
British Library Business & IP Centre
The Business & IP Centre in London is designed to support entrepreneurs and SMEs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Since it opened in March 2006, we have welcomed over 400,000 people through the doors. The Centre offers free access to the UK’s most comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information, including thousands of market research reports and up-to-the- minute online databases on companies, markets and business news, as well as patents and other forms of intellectual property.
The value of this information is estimated at over £5 million, giving you access to the same, if not better resources as a major corporate company. British Library information experts are on hand to guide you to the resources you need. Anyone is welcome to use the Library. The Centre also offers free and highly discounted workshops, advice sessions and networking events run by British Library staff and its partners, deigned to give you the skills, tools and networks necessary to start up and run a business.