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Build A Business in GM Libraries

Free Business Workshops Ashton Library April 2023
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Setting up your own business? Recently started? Got a brilliant idea?
Get the skills and confidence you need to succeed.


Know Your markets
IP: Protect Your Assets

IP: intellectual Property
Networking Event
30 March Ashton Library

Networking event
Other Events

BIPC Manchester


Build a Business workshops

These workshops are open to businesses or owners with a postcode within the following GM authorities: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside or Trafford.Build a business in GM Libraries

You also need to be:
  • The owner of a business which has been registered at Companies House for fewer than 12 months.
  • An aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop.

Build a Business in GM Libraries is part funded by the European Union, with a grant of £1.3 million from ERDF funding, and managed by Manchester City Council. The project will run from January 2021-June 2023.

Northern Powerhouse  European Regional Development Fund

Link to External Website For more information enter the Build A Business website.


Workshops at Ashton Library April 2023

Know Your Customers, Get Competitive
Monday 24 April 2023 
 Ashton Library 10am-1pm

Know Your Markets
Discover how the BIPC's market research and other resources can boost your start up or small business to success.
Giving valuable insights into unlocking 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 and develop a viable business plan, upskilling you to ‘know your market’.
At this session you will learn:

  • How the BIPC can support your business idea
  • Why market research & other sources of information are important to the success of your business idea
  • How to find information on customers, market size, competitors, trends & other key data.
  • The basics on conducting your own research
  • How to use these tools to help complete your own business model canvas

This session is one of the modules in the Build A Business in GM Libraries core workshop programme. Book here via Eventbrite.

IP: Protect Your Assets
Wednesday 26 April 2023 Ashton Library 

IP: Intellectual Property
Find out the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can be important to a new business.

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 & 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

You will also learn about the Build A Business programme, offering support and facilities to help you succeed.  Book here via Eventbrite.

Power Up Your Business!
Thursday 27 April 2023  Ashton Library 9.30am-4.30pm

Power Up Your Business
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.

Lunch is included for this workshop which covers the essential ‘nuts and bolts’ of starting up and running a successful enterprise. You will also learn about the Build A Business programme, offering support and facilities to help you succeed. Plus meet our team and book in for individual support and advice.

Book here via Eventbrite. This session is one of the modules in the Build A Business in GM Libraries core workshop programme.


Get involved now, for more information about how we can help you with your business idea see the Tameside Libraries Business Information page.



Book online
call the library  0161 342 2031


Tameside Means Business

Other Events

Tameside Means Business

Tameside Means Business Networking Drop-In is a relaxed space for you to network, exchange ideas and find support for your business. Come down for a coffee and a chat with business experts who will be more than happy to share their advice.
Last Thursday of the month 4-7pm at People Place, Ashton library, Market Place, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BH.


Manchester Business and Intellectual Property Centre

Tameside Libraries is part of the BIPC Greater Manchester network.BIPC Manchester
BIPC Manchester at Manchester Central Library host a range of events in-person events and webinars aimed at supporting your business.
Find out more about BIPC Manchester BIPC events.

Tameside Employment Business Resilience Clinic

Tameside Employment and Skills organise the Tameside Business Resilience Clinic with the aim of facilitating free advice and support to Micro and SME businesses across Tameside.

The new clinic will operate across a range of platforms to make it easy for businesses to access, using webinars, emails and phone calls by appointment.  The support provided includes signposting to existing help from the Business Growth Hub, such as online workshops or webinars; matching relevant professionals like managing directors, human resources specialists and supply managers to local businesses.
To find out more information and to register for support click here: Tameside Business Resilience Clinic

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