Business & IP Centre Devon

May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter

That’s a wrap! BIPC Devon’s Women in Business Course has been a real hit with Devon’s female entrepreneurs and we are so excited to find out what they do next!

Our Women in Business Course ran from March to May with over 70 hours of content and events on subjects from wellbeing, relationship management and public speaking to branding, digital marketing and accounting.

We ended this week with our last of over 30 events since March 2022, this course was designed and run by Devon’s female business champions. We’ve met over 100 inspiring women from all over the county, through our webinars, networking events, workshops, panel events and talks. We’ve even launched successful free pop-up coworking days at Exeter Library, soon to be rolled out at Barnstaple Library!

We will celebrate the end of the course in June with a collaborative networking event with Six Degrees marketing. Look out for an email in your inbox!

What's Next?

So what’s next for BIPC Devon? Well, you can still access all the recorded content from our previous courses by visiting our website. We have dozens of hours of webinars as well as access to data, expert advice and more! Get in touch to see how we could help you with your small business!

Next, we are kicking off our summer sessions with a mini-course for creatives with The Art of Business Throughout the month of July, we will be hosting workshops, webinars and talks with musicians, printmakers, publishers, sculptors and poets! If you’re thinking of, or already making moves towards a career in the arts, then this course is for you! Go to our Eventbrite page to find out more and sign up.

Can’t wait until July? Get yourself down to your local library and settle down with some top business and wellbeing advice from our experts’ favourite authors. Scroll down for some recommended reads! (All are available at Devon Libraries).

Recommended Reads

The world is not a level playing field, but no matter where you are starting from, you already have what it takes to stand out: your ‘Unfair Advantage’. We all have multiple unfair advantages in life, whether we happen to be quick, have a talent for maths, a great feel for people or even a large inheritance. An unfair advantage is simply the element that gives you an edge over your competition. This innovative book shows how to identify your own unfair advantages and apply them to any project

Working for yourself can be an incredibly rewarding way of making a living, giving you more freedom, control, fun, satisfaction and even money, than you could have imagined. But if you have never done it before, it can be difficult to know where to start, how to get established and the pitfalls to look out for along the way. This book is a step-by-step guide, showing you how to do it in an effective, fulfilling and rewarding way. Drawing on Rachel Bridge’s extensive experience and those of many others who already work for themselves, it contains practical advice and information, real-life examples and essential top tips to help you make a successful transition to working for yourself.

Whether it is through our parents, our education, our bosses, our colleagues, or the media we consume, we are constantly told that being humble is essential to our professional success. It’s often seen as distasteful or arrogant to shout about our achievements. But in a modern workplace, where the conventional, steady, linear career path is becoming rarer and rarer, this advice seems ever-more obsolete. In the age of flexible working and portfolio careers, it’s time to f*ck being humble.

For fans of ‘Slay in Your Lane’ and ‘Little Black Book’, this is the much-needed roadmap for young black women to succeed in the workplace in 2021 and beyond. From tips on setting boundaries, and avoiding the race pay gap, through advice on building your own ‘lady gang’, establishing your value and being able to negotiate, to tackling the serious issues of workplace sexual harassment and racist abuse, this is a comprehensive guide to building the career you want and being recognised in the workplace.

We are living in a golden age of entrepreneurship. Today’s startup landscape is bigger, faster, and more competitive than ever before: it has never been easier to start a business, but it has never been tougher to make that business a success. That’s where ‘Shortcut Your Startup’ comes in. As world-renowned businessmen and investors in companies including Lyft, Pinterest and SpaceX, Courtney and Carter Reum have a wealth of hands-on entrepreneurial experience: now, they offer a lively and supremely practical guide to bringing your idea to market.

Companies with an authentic purpose outperform the market by 42%, according to recent research. They deliver better financial performance, more employee engagement and greater competitive advantage. In organisations around the world, the pressure is on. Whether this is increasing consumer expectations, widening inequality or the growing disillusionment with globalisation, the need to stay viable is greater than ever. The lauded leadership styles that were finely adapted to our past reality will not carry us forward. This book outlines the four core leadership capacities that you need to help you feel alive at work, lead an enthusiastic team and generate competitive advantage: cultivate leadership presence; make dialogue authentic; engage your stakeholders; connect on purpose.

Visit BIPC Devon for 1-1 advice in your local Library

For an informal chat with one of the Business & IP Centre team – ask a question, learn about the resources and services on offer, book an appointment with one of our experts, or simply get an overview of how we can help you and your small business!

Pop into Paignton Library on the first Tuesday of every month. Click here to find out more

Drop-in sessions every Wednesday 2-3pm at Exeter Library 

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