Free day of workshops to inspire budding entrepreneurs at Barnstaple Library

Posted on: 14 September 2017

Barnstaple Library will host an exceptional line-up of speakers and run creative workshops this month, designed to help people kick-start their business ideas and set them on the path to start-up success.

Sponsored by North Devon Council and run by Libraries Unlimited, the free Start-up Day is designed to motivate budding entrepreneurs, helping them turn their business ideas into a reality, whilst providing the opportunity for like-minded people to mingle and network.

The event at Barnstaple Library on Thursday 21st September, is part of a national initiative run by the British Library Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre, and will be the first one to take place in the town.

The day will commence at 9.00am in the library with a free networking breakfast and will include two keynote sessions with representatives from Google, who will reveal top hints and tips in developing successful social media strategies and using Google Analytics.

Other speakers throughout the day will include James Court from Natwest Bank, Neil Butler from Companies House, Tom Moore from Stephens Scown and Nick Cooper from Salt Media. Sessions will navigate essential topics from social media and public relations strategies, to book keeping, design and marketing. Also on offer will be creative workshops on 2D and 3D design with Exeter Library’s FabLab Devon.

Anyone interested in attending should register online for the event, which will include refreshments, lunch and networking opportunities. The day will come to a close at 4.50pm.

Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon Libraries, said: “Start-up Day is intended to give entrepreneurs and businesspeople ideas and knowledge on how to turn their business dreams into reality and set them on the road to success. We have a whole range of resources within our libraries, providing access to business resources and intelligence and offering workshops or one-to-one advice. Start-up Day offers the perfect opportunity for us to raise awareness of the things we have on offer and reach our network of ambitious entrepreneurs from across the county.

“We have an impressive selection of both local and national speakers, from a range of successful companies, who are looking forward to imparting their wisdom to our participants on the day, and we are grateful for their involvement.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to would-be business people completely free, and hope it will be both inspirational and motivational, while also providing like-minded people the opportunity to socialise and make connections.”

Councillor Pat Barker, Executive Member for Economic Development at North Devon Council, says: “This is a hugely impressive line-up of speakers and workshops for our town, thanks to Libraries Unlimited. The day has been designed to help support those that are early on in their business journey, and the topics span a range of essential topics for anyone considering setting up their own business.

“Our town is buzzing with creativity and ambition, and this day is full of information, advice, support and creative ideas for everyone. We are very proud to be a part of it and look forward to bringing our business community together in our fantastic town library.”

There are currently 11 Business and IP Centres across the UK which follow a programme and ethos developed by the Centre at the British Library in London.

The Centres provide support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors and are a free resource combining access to free market intelligence, industry reports and face-to-face advice from experts on starting and protecting a business idea.

For further information and to book your place visit,

For more information about Libraries Unlimited, visit or follow Libraries Unlimited on Twitter @LibrariesUnLtd or Facebook/LibrariesUnlimited.

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