A day that could change your life

As part of his role as Business Connector for South Leeds, Malcolm Hall has put together a project which aims to demystify self-employment, inspire confidence that anything is possible, and provide guidance and support to stimulate business start-ups in South Leeds.

Business advice BITCWith the help of Leeds Beckett University, Hammerson Plc, cida, Lloyds Banking Group, Blacks Solicitors, WGN Accountants and other professional contacts, the project will deliver a one-day course that could change the life of those who attend. It will illustrate to attendees how they can take an idea or product, find customers and build a business. It will show how finance can be accessed if required and share important lessons from others to reduce the risk of failure.

The course will take place between 9.30am and 4.30pm on Thursday 26 May, at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre (Health For All) in Middleton. Experts will be on hand to answer queries. Support after the course, is provided by experienced business mentors who in turn have access to professional advice.

The one–day course and support is free of charge.

Malcolm Hall, Business Connector for South Leeds, said:

“In the foreword to her recent report on entrepreneurship, Baroness Mone said ‘The Government has recognised that it is crucial to support self-employment. This support must work for every community.’

“I believe that we cannot wait for that support to come and am determined that entrepreneurship is encouraged sooner rather than later. For that reason, I am proud to launch this initiative in South Leeds.”

Malcolm, who is on a 12 month secondment to Business in the Community from Lloyds Banking Group as part of its plan to Helping Britain Prosper, added:

“Statistics show that where there are high levels of unemployment and low levels of educational attainment, numbers of start up businesses are also below average. Reasons may vary from a lack of confidence, lack of understanding of what is required, lack of finance, or simply that it is perceived as too much of a risk. As a result, great ideas and entrepreneurs are stifled before they even start.”

Places on the course on the 26 May are limited. Please get in contact as soon as possible to book your place. Malcolm can be contacted on 07740 699738 or e-mail malcolm.hall@bitcconnect.org.