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

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The ICC Business Breakfast Club   

The Islington Chamber of Commerce

February 9th, 16th and 23rd

7.45am(8am start)-9.00am 

Bolt Burdon Solicitors, Providence House, Providence Place, Islington, London N1 0NT

£5(Members) £7.50 (Guests) -– Enjoy networking over breakfast with the new ICC breakfast club. A great way to start the business day


The ICC Business Networking Lunch 

Islington Chamber of Commerce 

February 11th 2010 


Montmartre Bistrot 144 Essex Road, Islington, N1 8lX£15 (Members) £17.50 (Guests) 

The first of our regular business networking lunches at this Award-Winning restaurant. The restaurant offers genuine French regional specialities, served in generous portions in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Bring plenty of business cards and an empty stomach

FREE “Last Thursday” Social Networking 

Islington chamber of commerce

February 25th 2010


Lucky Voice, 173 – 174 Upper St, Angel, Islington

Join ICC Members and fans at the Lucky Voice bar from 6pm – 9pm (cash bar) with 2-4-1 cocktails for Islington Chamber members on the night and the chance to explore your hidden singing talents don’t miss the perfect way to unwind at the end of the month. To register interest for this free event please email

British Library – Internal Events For March 2010

Stepping into Success conference

Women Unlimited

Monday 8 March 2010

9.30am registration – 5pm

British Library Conference Centre

Come along and join us on March 8, International Women’s Day, at the Women Unlimited Conference Stepping into Success conference for an event that will inspire, motivate and invigorate you and your business.  Women Unlimited have put together an all star line-up including Liz Warom, founder of Temple Spa, Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of the Kids Company, Liz Jackson, secret millionaire and CEO of Great Guns Marketing and MT Rainey, CEO and founder of  This day is guaranteed to be fun and inspirational.  It is about celebrating being a woman in business and will give you the chance to learn and network with some of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. 

Visit to book your place (the last 2 Women Unlimited events sold out 2 weeks early, so if you want to come along make sure you book quickly).

BL discount: £20 off full ticket price only

Discount code: BLUK

Discount link:   

‘Have You Got News for Us? DIY PR for the smaller business.

Integra Communications

Monday 8 March 2010

2pm – 6.30pm

British Library Business and & IP Centre, 96 Euston Road, London

Now in its second year, the ‘Restaurant & Bar Design Awards’ is the only concept of its kind dedicated
exclusively to design. A judging panel of internationally respected journalists and editors from some of the
world’s top design, hospitality and lifestyle publications will recognise and reward both designers and
operators for design excellence in restaurant and bar projects opened in 2009.

With a wide selection of categories and free and simple online entry, the Awards will culminate in a unique
and innovative central London ceremony in June 2010.


They’re back — the UK’s most prestigious homes and product design awards return for their fifth year. The Grand Designs Awards, tied to the hit Channel 4 TV series, celebrate the most innovative and beautiful domestic architecture and product design.

Kevin McCloud (below) ACID Ambassador and presenter of Grand Designs comments:

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“There are awards, and then there are the Grand Designs Awards. These are the awards that really matter, that are wide-reaching, and that are supported by some of the finest and most authorative judges in the country. They are widely respected throughout the industry, and the projects that win are truly first-class. They’re awards that connect with the public. They’re about people who have passion – who create and enter their projects, and it’s great to reward such dedication.”

The search is now on for the best homes and products from around the globe that demonstrate the determination, dreams and sheer hard work of ordinary people creating extraordinary things. Just like the TV programme, the awards are renowned for championing cutting-edge contemporary house design and pioneering products from tomorrow’s design scene. New for 2010 are categories that recognise the best international home, and two new green design categories created in partnership with acclaimed eco-charity BioRegional. The judges this year include some of the biggest names in the business, such as ACID Ambassador Sebastian Conran, Wayne Hemingway, George Clarke, Orla Kiely and Oliver Heath.

The Grand Designs Awards 2010 launches on 3 December 2009.  Deadline for entries is 21 February 2010. All entries must be made online at Winners and finalists will be announced at the official VIP awards ceremony on 6 May 2010 in central London and Kevin McCloud will present the awards.

For further information on the Grand Designs Awards 2010 click here,  contact Nisha Ashra on 01992 570 030; email or visit

The Hidden Art Open Studios features around 30 designer-makers selling attractive designs from their own studios. From lighting to textiles, fashion accessories to interior products, you are sure to find the ideal gift that no one else will be giving this year. A sale of opulent lighting and beautiful furniture made by designers who are committed to reusing salvaged items.
Quality and attention to detail are paramount.

Visit The Light Lounge @ Urban Upholstery with ACID Member Madeleine Boulesteix  To view purchase or commission works by Urban Upholstery and Madeleine Boulesteix visit:


Venue: Urban Upholstery, 21 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 5SF
Dates and time of the show: 16th of November 2009 – 10th of January 2010
Opening Times: 10:00 to 18:00 from Mon to Fri and 11:00 to 15:00 on Sat.
Hidden Art Open Studios 28th – 29th Nov & 5th– 6th Dec 12pm to 6pm,
except for the 29th Nov that we will open for the Private View from 3pm to 6pm.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 275 9436

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Tiger Aspect TV is looking for participants for a new mediation show. Working with a lawyer/mediator you could have the opportunity to resolve your dispute free of charge. If you are currently considering mediation and think you have an interesting case you would like to bring to our attention please telephone Nicci Ball on 02075441649 or email

WHEN     16TH – 20TH November 2009                                                                           

WHAT     Global Entrepreneurship Week

WHERE   The British Library, Business & IP Centre, 96 Euston Road, London.  NW1 2DB                       

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WHEN      17TH November 2009  

WHAT      Profit From Carbon Footprinting & Sustainable Design

WHERE    Powerday Plc Waste & Recycling Centre,  Crossan House, Old Oak Sidings (Off  ScrubsLane) London NW10 6RJ

FURTHER DETAILS   To register for the free workshop please email


WHEN       18TH November 2009                                                                  

WHAT       Find Pitch & Close – The Art of Securing Investment                              

WHERE    The Royal Institution,  21 Albemarle Street,   London W1S 4BS 



WHEN      20TH November 2009                                 

WHAT      Enterprise Nation Conference     

WHERE    BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ

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SeanDare-DM 003Recently ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald was privileged to be made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers together with seven others, including ACID member Sean Dare of Dare Studio. Fundamental to the WCFM is having one foot firmly in the past – ensuring Britain’s heritage of excellence in cabinet making and furniture design is upheld, with the other foot placed firmly in the future, enabling tomorrow’s furniture designers innovate and find inspiration. The inauguration was just that.

Left -  Dids Macdonald and  Sean Dare meet up again at 100 % Design


Bucks Furniture Design MA Course Tutor Dr Lynn Jones and Tony Smart of the WCFM were the driving forces behind a truly inspirational week’s summer school in Italy. Director and founder Diego Paccagnella of LAGO provided access to their factory and design studios and the students lived, ate, worked and had fun while working together in rural Italian surroundings. This amazing journey included a visit with Giancarlo Piretti (of Plia chair fame) who personally hosted a workshop.

The brief for the week was ‘to research, develop, design furniture (or furniture related products)  to improve the learning experiences of College and University students.’  The inspirational ideas and creative thought (translated into potentially exciting outcomes) were presented at the WCFM - a dynamic result charged with real enthusiasm. If ACID readers are interested I am sure that Lynn Jones would be really happy to talk about the project and the WCFM’s involvement.

Contact details:

A - Seb Conran

ACID Ambassador Sebastian Conran will join iconic fashion designer Katherine Hamnet and others to form a panel group an illustrious line up of speakers in part of the ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ series at the British Library, in partnership with HSBC. The event will bring together entrepreneurs who have built success through effective IP management. The panel will also include a leading legal expert to address questions related to patents, trademarks, copyright and IP infringement. For inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, this could be the most valuable event of your business’s early life.

Whatever your business, you own intellectual property – design of products, company logo, or knowledge that’s gone into website development. Protected and maximised, IP can bring great business benefit. However, many entrepreneurs and small companies fall foul of the rules and suffer as a result.Event details:
Who should attend? Entrepreneurs and SMEs
Place: British Library Conference Centre
Cost: £10.00 (concessions £7.50)
How to Book: Call our Box Office on +44 (0)1937 546 546 or visit the website to book online Event dates Wed 23 September 2009, 18.15 – 21.00

british-libraryAs partners of the British Library Intellectual Property Centre, ACID would like to ensure readers are aware of the following seminar: MAXIMISING TENDER OPPORTUNITIES - The procurement process, whether public or private, can be complicated and time-consuming. Often, people forget that actually writing the bid is just one element of the process – you also need to know where to look for opportunities, how to navigate your way around the tendering invitation document criteria, and to understand the implications for your organisation if you reach the final stages and eventually win the bid.  Protecting your intellectual property is key when responding to tender! A key benefit of ACID membership is access to the ACID Design Data Bank. Copies of any tender documents can be lodged with ACID and an acknowledgement placed on the submitted tender document. This will ensure the recipient is fully aware of your rights’ ownership.  ACID’s SAFE PITCH Kit is available through ACID TRADING. 

WHEN?  Session 1: Introduction to Tendering: 6th October 2009 2.30pm – 5.30pm Session 2: How to Write a Winning Bid & Accessing the Right Finance: 20th October 2009 10.00am – 16.00pmTraining

WHERE? Room 2 – Development House, 56-64 Leonard St – EC2A 4LT

As part of its Opening New Markets Programme, LCRN is running a free workshop series for social enterprises that are incorporated to introduce you to the procurement process. You will learn about:  The tendering process, skills you will need to manage the process, documents you should have in place,  How to respond to a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and then to write a final bid,  Where to access finance Plus it will be a chance to network with other social enterprises looking to expand their horizons through tendering for new work. To book, please email Suzanne Uittenbogaard: or call: 020 73244701. The London Community Recycling Network is a community of charities, social enterprises, public sector bodies, individuals and businesses all working to make best use of resources for London.

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