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The outlet was opened by Leeds City College in its business incubation unit in October last year. As well as the test trading space, inc. creative offers valuable business support for those looking to launch, and make a success of, an enterprising venture. This includes assessment of business ideas, guidance on planning and viability, mentoring, access to workshops


and seminars plus


information on marketing, finance and networking.


On-site practical support is also provided, in the form of creative facilities such as a laser cutter and Apple Macs with appropriate design, publishing and film-making software for manufacturers, designers and students to use. In addition there are workshops, meeting space and a programme of networking events, such as an “Approaching Retail” seminar and an “Enterprise and the Artist” networking evening.


inc. creative is part-funded by the net315 project which, in turn, is


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financially supported by investment from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund. Run in the region by an ‘incubation and education’


consortium, of which


Leeds City College is the lead college, it is developing facilities and services to provide additional support for college and community learners to move into and make a success of enterprise.


Leeds City College Business Incubation Manager Rifat Bashir said:


“inc. creative is an exciting project, offering support to anyone starting a new business. We have created a professional environment and atmosphere, providing business support through specialist


staff


and mentors while presenting opportunities for businesses to test trade their outlet.”


products in the retail


For more information contact: Jo Whitehead on 01535 685 060. Images courtesy of inc. creative


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