’Make It, Sell It’ Speed Mentoring: Mentor Briefing

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Stefan Knox from Bang Creations will be part of the panel at "Make it, Sell it" to be held at the British Library. This event on November 19th will focus on craft, handmade and artisanal products

Business & IP Centre, British Library, Thursday November 19th 2015 (10:00am-1:00pm)

1. Introduction 1.1 British Library Business & IP Centre and National Network

The Business & IP Centre champions entrepreneurs and small business owners from all walks of life and all parts of the community. We help every step of the way, from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. The cornerstone of our service is free access to the UK's most comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information, combined with practical workshops, 1:1 advice and networking events, delivered by Library staff and business experts. To date, over 450,000 people have used the Centre, with independent research showing that business owners who use our services are four times more likely to be successful than the national average. Building on our successful model in London, we have developed a co-branded network of Business & IP Centres in city libraries across the country. We currently have Centres in Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield and have added two pilots in Exeter and Northamptonshire. The National Network is supported by the Intellectual Property Office, Department for Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England. More details can be found on our website www.bl.uk/bipc.

1.2 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business. From the 16-22 November 2015, Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even to investors by introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. In the last five years, GEW campaign has been hosted in the UK by Youth Business International, a global network dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs get started in business. For GEW 2014 in the UK over 500 partner organisations hosted around 2,500 events that reached more than 340,000 entrepreneurial people across the country. The 2015 campaign is entitled ‘Make It Happen’. The Business & IP Centre engages actively with the GEW campaign through programming a packed schedule of workshops, panel discussions, networking and mentoring events and webinars aimed at current and aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. The Business & IP Centre engaged with 1900 participants as part of its GEW campaign in 2014, and we hope to surpass that target in 2015.

2. Speed Mentoring Event

One of the sub-themes of the 2015 GEW campaign is business mentoring. We will be addressing this theme through delivering on of the Business & IP Centre’s popular Speed Mentoring sessions on Thursday November 19th (10am-1pm). Business and IP Centre Speed Mentoring events take place in the Networking Area and always have a fun and informal atmosphere. Our Speed Mentoring events are themes by sector, and previous events have included food business, tech business, online retail sports and leisure start-ups. The event on November 19th will focus on craft, handmade and artisanal products. Attendees at the event will meet expert and sector leaders who will act as ‘mentors’ and advise on how businesses and aspiring business owners and innovators can make their designs profitable, find new routes to market, protect their ideas, manage the production process and scale-up their business. Our expert mentors for this event comprise of:

  • •Belinda Hall, founder of Home of Artisans
  •  Intellectual Property specialists from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) •
  • Seema Rampersad, Information Specialist at Business & IP Centre •
  • Alison Lewy, Fashion Angel 
  • Stefan Knox, Bang Creations 
  • Cate Trotter, Insider Trends 
  • Francesca Ormezzano, etsy.com

2.1 Format and Schedule

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:30pm Mentors arrive for event set-up and briefing
  • 9:45pm Attendees arrive. Refreshments and networking
  • 10:00pm Event begins. Each table is manned by one expert mentor, who answers questions posed by, and shares advice and expertise with, a group of ‘mentees’. Each mentoring session lasts for twenty minutes after which time a bell is rung and mentees switch to a different table with a different expert mentor.
  • 1:00pm Event Close

2.4 Marketing, Audience and Promotion

The event has been widely promoted across both the British Library channels as part of the GEW campaign. This includes online, printed and social media advertising as well as circulating information to our network partners. In addition to this, we would be grateful if panel members could help raise awareness by promoting the event amongst their own networks and channels. The event can be tweeted about using the hash-tag #BLGEW15. We would be grateful if @BIPC could be included in any tweets sent about this event.

The booking link for this event can be found at   http://www.bl.uk/events/speed-mentoring-make-it-sell-it

Spaces at the event are free and can be booked through the British Library Box Office.

3. Address and Directions to Venue

The event will be held in the British Library’s Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London. The Centre is located on the first floor of the British Library. The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB By Tube: we are very close to King’s Cross St Pancras and a short 5 minute walk from Euston. If you will be arriving to the event by car and need to book a parking space, please let jessica.mahoney@bl.uk know in advance, who will arrange for parking at the Library to be booked. Further Information Please contact Jess Mahoney, Business Partnerships Manager, if you require further information. Jessica.mahoney@bl.uk / 02920 127257