Free business support clinics organised by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Business West offering advice about exporting goods and services and protecting intellectual property rights will be available over the next six months.
The clinics are part of the Council’s efforts to help businesses thrive and grow during difficult national economic times for local commerce. They will be provided by experts working for Business West and are available free to any business located in Bath and North East Somerset.
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Clinic Sessions
These are for businesses interested in exploring the opportunities for exporting their goods and services or expanding their current export markets. UKTI is a Government department with professional advisers across 96 international markets that help UK-based companies take advantage of export opportunities.
When: 11.30am to 3pm on the following days : Tuesday 31st July / Tuesday 28th August / Tuesday 25th September / Tuesday 30th October / Tuesday 27th November / Tuesday 18th December 2012.
Intellectual Property Clinic Sessions
This new service is for businesses wanting to understand more about the need to and mechanisms for protecting intellectual property rights. They can help businesses manage their trademarks, patents, designs and copyright and also Intellectual Assets such as specialist knowledge, company manuals and technical expertise.
10am to 4pm on the following days : Thursday 26th July / Thursday 27th September / Thursday 25th October / Thursday 29th November / Thursday 20th December 2012.
All clinic sessions will be available at 10 Palace Yard Mews Bath BA1 2NH. To book a place contact Business West on 01275 376233 or email email@example.com.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said, “Encouraging local businesses to thrive and growth is a crucial part of Bath & North East Somerset Council increasing the number of jobs for local people and supporting greater prosperity in our area. The free clinics will help improve business opportunities to operate effectively in increasingly competitive markets.”
Mark Rogers, Partnership Manager at Business West, commented “I would encourage local business to take up these opportunities to access these face-to-face, one-to-one expert clinics for advice and assistance. Our experience shows that companies that take advantage of the advice that is available are better placed to improve their performance and achieve future growth.”