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Setting up your own business? Recently started? Got a brilliant idea? Get the skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

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Proper Good Cuppa - Support for Social Entrepreneurs in Stockport

Stockport Central Library Wednesday 17th May 9.30am - 12.30pm. Check out our Eventbrite pages for dates and times and to book on.

Coffee mornings

An informal networking and information session for local business support organizations and start-up businesses. These are held regularly at Stockport Central Library. Check out our Eventbrite pages for dates and times and to book on.

Build a Business Workshops

Our previous workshops have been a huge success helping over. Check out our Eventbrite pages for dates and times and to book on our upcoming courses. All held at Stockport Central Library.

  • Know your customers, Get Competitive

    This workshop will reveal how you can access market research and other information worth THOUSANDS to your business. And all FREE to use!! Learn how to use the Business & IP Centre Manchester’s £5 million collection of UK and global business databases (including market research and company and financial information) to:

    • Assess market potential

    • Develop a viable business plan

    • Upskilling you to ‘know your market

  • Intellectual Property

    Intellectual Property can be worth cash to your business. Make sure your product, service, website and brand are protected from would be copycats or do not infringe others’ rights. At this workshop you will learn:

    • How to understand the 4 main types of IP and how they differ

    • Get a clearer idea of what IP you own

    • What's involved in registering a trademark​

    • Where to go to for further help and advice

  • Business basics getting started

  • Join Wendy Breakell, entrepreneur and named one of the top 50 business advisors in the North West, for this workshop covering the practicalities of starting and growing your business. This will cover the essential ‘nuts and bolts’ of starting up and running a successful enterprise, including:

    • Legal structures

    • Business planning

    • E-commerce

    • Cashflow, Finance and Tax

    • Marketing

    • Finding funding

    • Pitching


Stockport Libraries also has free access to various online databases to help plan and research your business idea - take a look 

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