Workshops and Events
Start-up Day 11 November 2021
Whether you’re just starting out, or ready to take the next step, join us at The Mitchell Library for the Business & IP Centre’s National Start-Up Day. Click here to book your free ticket.
Unable to come to The Mitchell in person? Join Start-Up Day online for a day of free talks and practical advice sessions designed to get your business idea off to a flying start. Click here to register.
10.30 – 12.30
Business networking coffee morning featuring the screening on bipc.tv of our pre-recorded session ‘Making a difference – starting and running a business with environmental impact’
11.10 – 11.55
Screening of ‘Making a difference – starting and running a business with environmental impact’
Lively discussion featuring four inspiring local female entrepreneurs whose businesses are making a social or environmental impact. The session is chaired by Racheal Brown (Chief Executive of The Future Economy Company) and features Trudi Donahue (Founding Director at Wild & Kind CIC), Lynne Haddow (Co-founder of Extincts CIC) and Fiona Lindsay (Technical Director at Reblade)
Moderator: Rachael Brown, Chief Executive of The Future Economy Company
Rachael is committed to supporting businesses that are creative and want to make a social impact. She has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the creative industries and social enterprise sector building impactful businesses and turning ideas into reality.
As Chief Executive of The Future Economy Company, she leads an all-female executive team across a wide range of innovative programmes that up-skill, empower and connect our community. When not at her desk or in a meeting, she can usually be found hosting or speaking at events, running business skills development workshops, consulting with a range of organisations and institutions and working with the government to negotiate policy change on behalf of our sectors.
She sits the Scottish Governments Creative Industry Leadership Group, and sub-group on business resilience. She was also until Jan 2021 Conenver of the Can Do Collective leading Scotlands entrepreneurial community. In addition she sits on the UK council for Creative Industries and is a member of the Business Action Group that reports directly to UK Gvt Ministers.
Panel member: Trudi Donahue, Founding Director at Wild & Kind CIC
Trudi founded Wild & Kind, a social enterprise based in Glasgow which focusses on minimising isolation and loneliness for people with gender identities. Profits made from ethical merchandise sales fund workshops, meet-ups, and community events for women and those outwith the gender binary.
As well as being a founding director of Wild & Kind, Trudi is a maker, illustrator and embroiderer.
She previously ran a small Glasgow brand ‘Halfstitch’, but more recently she has dedicated her time and focus to building Wild & Kind into the organisation that it is now.
Panel member: Lynne Haddow, Co-founder of Extincts CIC
Extincts CIC exists to mobilise the next generation of animal protectors. Our digital collectibles game teaches kids about endangered animals and their habitats. Our planet-positive clothing range reduces waste and helps spark conversations about why conservation is important.
We think gaming is the gateway to education that sticks. Through Extincts kids canlearn to empathise with all the incredible creatures that share our planet. We supportfront line conservation charities by donating 70% of profits from our game and clothingrange. Through educational, digital experiences we aim to bring awareness to currentenvironmental crises and inspire interest in conserving biodiversity. Our games are built with kids' safety and security in mind. Helping to save the planet while maximising the educational aspect of screen time.
Panel member: Fiona Lindsay, Technical Director
Fiona started her career with an Earth Science degree in the construction industry before moving into renewables in 2008, developing and achieving consents for many of the UK's flagship windfarms.
In 2021 Fiona partnered with her husband Steven to create ReBlade Limited and is now focussed on implementing innovative techniques designed to reuse, recycle, and repurpose glass reinforced fibre in the decommissioning of commercial-scale wind turbines.
Fiona is particularly passionate about the environment and the building of a sustainable future. ReBlade’s core values seek to achieve sustainability for the benefit of our future generations and is firmly focussing on the need to achieve a low carbon, green economy on the all-important route map to achieving NetZero.
Environmental responsibility for business start-ups
Find out how our resources can help your business to be more environmentally responsible. We know both entrepreneurs and consumers have a part to play in reducing our impact on the planet, so whether that’s understanding legislation and support available, learning what your customers expect, finding ways to reduce and assess your impact, or researching the latest trends and innovation around sustainability, we have tools that can help.
Experts in Residence
Our Experts in Residence provide access to free advice sessions to help you start and grow your business.
Thursday 4th November and 2nd December, from 2:00pm, Parris and McNally, Chartered Accountant in Residence
Saturday 13th November, from 10:00am, Jamie McCoy, Digital Marketing Expert in Residence
Wednesday 17th November, from 2:00pm, Gilson Gray, Online Legal Adviser in Residence
Intellectual Property Clinics
In partnership with Creation IP Ltd Business & IP Centre Glasgow offer a confidential environment for you to discuss your ideas, products, designs and brands with a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) registered patent attorney. Email us to arrange your free 30 minute appointment.
BIPC Glasgow Business Information Support: One-to-One
Business information one-to-one sessions are aimed at anyone thinking of becoming self-employed, starting a business and established businesses. Our specialist staff will guide you to information sources to help you research your business idea, start your business, research new markets, find new customers and protect your Intellectual Property. Contact us to book an appointment.
BIPC Glasgow workshops & webinars
Our regular BIPC Glasgow webinars and in-person workshops continue. Sign up for your free place:
"Alastair and Tony's session was very informative and explained everything in simple terms so that we could understand and have offered support after the event. Thank you both for an excellent session and we will be booking onto more sessions." webinar attendee
Tuesday 2nd November 3.00pm, Resources for business start up (at BIPC Glasgow, The Mitchell Library).
Tuesday 9th November 3.00pm, How to start your own social enterprise (at BIPC Glasgow, The Mitchell Library).
Thursday 28th October and 25th November 11.00am, Introduction to IP: How to identify and protect your IP assets webinar.
18th November, 9.30am Tech Talks business networking (at BIPC Glasgow, The Mitchell Library).
As part of our Power Up project we can connect you to free digital technology and skills learning opportunities to help you grow your business.
See also the Government Skills Toolkit.
We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why BIPC have developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.
Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, the Reset. Restart programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Join one or more of the series of ten monthly webinars – covering product and service innovation and marketing to finance and new business models - for practical, jargon-free training and advice; network with other entrepreneurs and receive further tailored support from your local team here at BIPC Glasgow.
Book your place: Rest. Restart programme
Start Up Day 2020
If you missed some of the talks from last year's Start Up Day - talks and practical advice sessions designed to get your business idea off to a flying start - or want to watch them again, you can catch up via the BIPC TV player
Sessions cover: finding a mentor, business trends, resources to support your business start-up or develop your own digital skills, how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign and much more!
Watch BIPC Glasgow's Start Up Day session on Resources for Business Start Ups, delivered by our Information Officer Kavan Stafford.
You can now also view our Circular Economy event with the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce that took place on Start Up Day.
Along with our partner organisations we run regular workshops, events, webinars and networking opportunities to support Business Start Ups and SMEs:
Partner Organisations and Business Support
If you are looking for training opportunities for you and your staff, look no further than the British Library BIPC Webinars. These hour long sessions can be viewed from the comfort of your own home and are delivered by the business experts from the BIPC in London.
Business Gateway have moved much of their offer online to help businesses through COVID-19. Most of the upcoming topics are directly relevant to the new challenges businesses are facing.
Google Digital Garage
Google Digital Garage To support small business owners and people working remotely, Google Digital Garage has launched as a webinar series. The training is free for everyone to attend and delivered by expert trainers to help and support learning from home, whatever the goal.
Scottish Enterprise host expert-delivered webinars all year round and will be hosting more during the COVID-19 period. All free.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
Webinars delivered by the GCC are generally for members only but, in light of the current situation, they are offering many of them free even to non-members. Topics include coronavirus business discussions and chats about working from home.
A series of round-tables and panel events which are now entirely online to help you run your business in these challenging times.
Booking your place
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