British Library unveils packed programme for Global Entrepreneurship week

The events running every day during Global entrepreneurship week, between 14th – 18th November, will be covering everything from business basics and common mistakes to how to innovate and stay inspired, whilst protecting your ideas, these events will offer users just a sample of the support available through the Centre,

The centrepiece of the week, Question Time for Entrepreneurs on Monday 14 November offers a rare opportunity for business start-ups to question some of Britain’s top entrepreneurs including Apprentice winner and Founder of the Bright Ideas Trust Tim Campbell and Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Metro Bank, Vernon W. Hill II. 

Isabel Oswell, Head of Business and Research Audiences at the British Library, said: “The Business & IP Centre is proud to be supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week in our role of nurturing entrepreneurial talent and turning fledgling companies into robust businesses. Over 5,000 SMEs have participated in our Global Entrepreneurship Week events programme during the past 5 years and we are looking forward to helping more businesses to prosper and grow through access to some of the best business brains in Britain.”
British Library Global Entrepreneurship Week Events Programme 2011
Speed mentoring
Each day the Business & IP Centre will be running informal half-day speed mentoring sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to question up to 8 seasoned business experts in an accelerated way in each session to get the advice and information to run their own successful business.   
Monday – Absolute Beginners
On Monday, the BPL experts can help advise you on all the basics to ensure success and help you avoid common mistakes. 
Tuesday – IP & Innovation
On Tuesday, meet the experts who can help with inspiration for new ideas and new products as well as explain how you protect your ideas.
Wednesday – Women in Business
On Wednesday, meet a whole host of successful female entrepreneurs and experts to inspire you, whatever your business. 
Thursday – Marketing Maestros
On Thursday, meet the experts who can tell you how to differentiate yourself from competitors, capitalise on your brand exposure and achieve the maximum return on investment (ROI) from your marketing.
Friday – Make It, Sell It!
On Friday, meet experts who can advise you on how to take your designs to market, protect your ideas and manage the production process and scale. The experts have particular expertise in the crafts and jewellery sectors.
The sessions run from 10.00am – 13.00pm and 14.00pm – 17.00pm and are free.
For more information about the Business & IP Centre’s full programme of advice sessions, workshops and events, visit