Business and Learning Newsletter - October 2020

Reset Restart

Business and Learning Newsletter

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The Business and IP Centre at the Library of Birmingham in partnership with The British Library to launch Reset. Restart programme: helping local SMEs future-proof their business and aid the nation’s economic renewal.

On 6 October Library of Birmingham joined with the British Library to launch a dedicated, six-month programme: Reset. Restart, to support SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in Birmingham to transform, future-proof and grow their business through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Open to all UK business owners, Reset. Restart offers practical, jargon-free training and advice through a free, tailored programme combining a national programme with and localised support from Birmingham BIPC.

Delivered by the British Library, the national programme comprises a series of 10 monthly webinars on topics including: opportunities in the ‘new normal’, product and service innovation, marketing, finance and new business models. The webinar series will repeat each month. Participants living in Birmingham will be able to access further support from Birmingham BIPC. With social distancing and the “rule of six” set to continue into the coming months, sessions will take place remotely where appropriate.

For details and booking, visit:
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Reset. Restart runs alongside the day-to-day services provided by the Birmingham BIPC, one of 14 regional Centres in the British Library’s BIPC Network. The Centre offers free and low-cost access to business intelligence, market research, 1-1s, training and IP support to aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and more established SMEs in Birmingham. The Birmingham BIPC has a proven track record of helping to create successful small businesses with strong survival rates and of supporting under-represented entrepreneurs in Birmingham.

Libraries Minister, Caroline Dinenage, says: "The Reset. Restart scheme from the British Library will provide the practical help and skills that entrepreneurs need to recover from the impact of coronavirus and grow successful businesses. Thanks to our £13 million investment in the network,
more businesses, jobs and local economies across the country can benefit from the invaluable expert advice available through this fantastic institution."

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, says: “As it becomes increasingly clear that Covid-19 is a long-term challenge to the way we all live and work, the British Library has redoubled its commitment to ensuring that all entrepreneurs and SMEs in the UK can access the skills and
information needed to adapt and flourish. We are delighted to join with our public library partners to launch Reset. Restart and provide tailored, sustained support not only to our national SME community, but to every business owner affected by the current crisis. At a time when entrepreneurs face an unprecedented array of challenges, whether rewriting their entire business model, marketing to a new audience or building a digital space, our goal is to ensure that the path to transformation and renewal is accessible to all.”

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Useful resources
1. Whilst the Library may not be open as normal, we are still accepting any questions
you may have regarding any aspect of business, employment and learning so have
a look at our blogs to see how we can help you

2. Develop and update your skills by registering for online webinars from the British

3. Stay informed on the current developments for business related matters by
listening to the Moneybox podcast from Radio 4

4. Follow our Youtube channel and learn how to use our COBRA business database
from home

5. Follow us on social media for regular updates

Article posted 8 October 2020

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