The BBC Dragons’ Den programme is accepting applications for its new series: 

‘We are searching for business ideas, inventions or products with serious business potential that are investment ready and looking for funding.’

According to the programme’s producers, Dragons Den is a challenging place to pitch, but it’s also a genuine business opportunity to secure investment. Over the previous seven series the Dragons have pledged to invest over 8 million pounds in a wide variety of business ideas and have personally changed the lives of over 70 entrepreneurs. In the most recent series, 15 entrepreneurs received offers of investment in the Den and plenty more have gone on to find success even without the backing of the Dragons.

Anybody who would like to apply can do so by emailing – or by visiting the website: here for additional information.


British Library Internal Events for March and April 2010

Social Networking – An Employer’s Friend or Foe?

Halebury Ventures Limited

15 March 2010

10am – 12pm

British Library Business & IP Centre


Setting Up A Web Business. What To Know Before You Look For A Web Designer

She’s Ingenious! Meeting with Guest Speaker Alison Rothwell (Arabella Miller Organic Kids Clothes)

Tuesday 23 March 2010

11am to 1pm

British Library Business & IP Centre


How To Handle The Risks Of Launching A New Product – Mandy Haberman’s Anyway Up Cup Story

She’s Ingenious! Online Presentation: Free

Wednesday 24 March, 11am

More info and registration:



Get Published!

The Book Midwife

14th April 2010

9:30 registration; event runs 10:00 to 13:00

British Library Business & IP Centre


Building an Outstanding Online Brand

Azrights Solicitors


14:00 – 17:00

British Library Business & IP Centre


External Events


Entrepreneurial Leadership Series (held on 1st Thursday of every month)

London Business School

Thursday 4th March

7 – 9pm

London Business School (Lecture Theatre 1), Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SA

You can find more information, the detailed calendar and bios and the registration links on,


Build Winning Business Plans in 4 weeks

4, 11, 18, 25 March 2010

Theodore Bullfrog Pub (26 John Adam Street London WC2N 6HL (next to Charing X Station)


Islington Business Fair

Thursday 18th March 2010


Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD


Strategy…what if you’re right
Manufacturing Advisory Service for London
Thursday 18th March
09:30 (for a 10:00 start) until 16:30
Grant Thornton UK LLP, 30 Finsbury Square, Moorgate, London EC2P 2YU

Spaces are limited so please register early   



CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency)
Monday 22 March 2010

Business Development Centre, 7-15 Greatorex Street, London E1 5NF

For more details or to book your place, visit Alternatively, email or call 020 7247 4710.


Eco-Innovation and Green Marketing Workshop
Manufacturing Advisory Service for London
Tuesday 23rd March
09:00 (for a 09:30 start) until 15:30
Argyll House, All Saints Passage, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EP
Spaces are limited so please register early





23rd and 31st March 2010

10.00 – 4pm .

Grayson Centre, 28 Charles Square, London, N1 6HT

Food Innovation: Practical Ideas for doing things differently
Manufacturing Advisory Service for London
Thursday 25th March
09:30 (for a 10:00 start) until 15:30
Grant Thornton UK LLP, 30 Finsbury Square, Moorgate, London EC2P 2YU
Spaces are limited so please register early



Tech And Legal For Business 2010

Anassutzi & Co Limited (in conjunction with Naxtech.Com)

16 April 2010

8 am till 3 pm 9  registration from 7.45 am

Green Park, Reading, Berkshire

Alliance logo

Susie Winter of the Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft announced this week  ”The Conservative’s have published their Technology Manifesto.  While the majority of the document relates to opening up access to government data it does commit an incoming Conservative administration to being the first country in Europe to extend 100 mhps broadband across most of the population.  Reference is made to IP in the following para:

We will ensure that Britain has the most favourable intellectual property framework in the world for innovators and high tech businesses.  We recognise the need to tackle digital piracy and make it possible for people to buy and sell digital intellectual property online.  However it is vital that any anti-piracy measures promote new business models rather than holding innovation back.” 

For full details of the manifesto click here.

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