Tuesday, 26 February 2013

IPO trade marks, patents, designs and copyright

Date:        12th March 2013 (Tuesday)
Time:        10.00 a.m. to 12.30 am. (registration 9.45)
At:             The Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue London W9 2DB

You are invited to a FREE seminar covering the four main areas of intellectual property (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and how to protect your Intellectual Property rights.  It’s a great opportunity for all businesses, looking for the latest information and advice on IP,  Direct from the Intellectual Property Office
This key seminar provides:

  •   a better understanding of  the importance and relationship between trademarks and brands
  •  details on how to make the most of your business’s Intellectual Property
  •   more awareness of the other forms of intellectual property such as patents, design and copyright?
3 Key Questions:
1.    Do you own your trading name?  You may for example have a limited company and a matching domain name and yet still be infringing some ones trade mark?

2.    Do you own your own web site?  Are you aware of the rules of copyright ownership?  In a recent survey 74% of businesses where unsure of who owned the copyright in their business when it was created by a third party? 

3.    Once you identify and secure ownership of the IP within your business you have the potential to fully exploit it.  Many businesses are now for example successfully franchising their business, could you?

This event will answer your questions.  It will introduce you to the world of IP.  Demonstrate how it can be used to benefit your business.  Hear plenty of practical examples.  You will be signposted on your journey for instance by, utilising the IPO free health check and online search facilities.

Can you afford to miss the opportunity to secure the future of your business? 
Why not take time out from your busy schedule to come along to an event that will make a difference.

This workshop is FREE for residents of Westminster

Book today

Call Kim Sadler at PDT
020 7266 0636

Guest Speaker Profiles:
One or both of the following experts are coming to the WEC:

Gary Townley, Business Events Manager, Intellectual Property Office Gary joined the Office in 1982 working originally in Southampton Buildings, London, in the Patents Directorate.  He helped in the relocation of the IPO to Newport South Wales, training new staff before becoming head of the Patent Enquiry Unit. Gary joined the Business Outreach and Education team in 1999 and regularly provides Intellectual Property training at workshops, seminars and conferences, and is the current editor of IPInsight, the monthly E-newsletter for the IPO.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

HMRC Online seminars for businesses and the self-employed

Online seminars for businesses and the self-employed
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer a series of free online presentations or ‘webinars’ to give tax help to businesses and the self-employed.
There are two types of presentation each lasting 30 minutes:

    •    Live presentation or ‘webinars’ - available on set dates and include a further 30 minutes for a live questions and answer session. They'll also be available to view from these pages after the event.
    •    Pre-recorded webinars - available to view at a time to suit you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please note: the webinar platform used by HMRC is supplied by a company called CITRIX. Neither HMRC nor CITRIX will ask for or retain any information about you or your business.
What topics do the webinars cover?
The webinars cover many different topics including:
    •    Real Time Information
    •    business expenses and capital allowances
    •    first steps as an employer
    •    the Construction Industry Scheme
    •    Self Assessment Online
    •    an overview of limited companies
    •    how VAT works

How can I take part?
Before you start you need to check you have the right computer software and then register in advance.
PC users need: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000.
                                                 Macintosh users need: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer.
Registering is simple - you only need your name and email address to register. Follow the link below to see what’s available then register for an HMRC webinar.
Find out more about live HMRC webinars
View HMRC’s pre-recorded webinars

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The Secrets of How to Prepare a Successful Business Plan

The Secrets of How to Prepare a Successful Business Plan
Don’t put it off any longer. It does not matter if you are just starting your business or already running one you need an up-to-date business plan.  According to experts such as the Harvard Business School those businesses that plan are more likely to survive, thrive and be able to raise finance. Have you a vision, dream of success?  Turn your dreams into reality.

This workshop will help you:
  • Hit or exceed your goals   
  • Focus and plan your business journey  
  • Checking viability – to avoid expensive mistakes  
  • Be prepared for most eventualities    
  • Raise finance   
  • Use all this information to write a simple but effective Business Plan
 Learn the easy way to prepare that successful business plan, including:    
  1. Preparation and research    
  2. Content required - what goes into the plan    
  3. Where to get the information    
  4. How to physically produce your plan
Who will be training you?
Your principal trainer is Laurie Bernard DipM MCIM MIoEE from The Business Services Partnership is delighted to back at the WEC.

Guest Presenters:
Lindsay Fagan of Civvals Ltd Chartered Accountants from Marble Arch will introduce you to tax and record keeping for a hassle free life.

Plus an experienced guest from the banking community to let you know the realities of financing your business.  Answering those questions you always wanted to ask.

The Diary Details:
Date: 27th March 2013 (Wednesday) 
Time:10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (registration 9.45)      At: The PDT Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, London W9 2DB              {N.B. entrance in Chippenham Road}

The Fee: Just £25 for the day pan London

Book today {Space is limited} 

Call PDT’s Westminster Enterprise Centre; 020 7266 0636; Email:

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Your Vote Counts – Give Women a Great Platform via Westminster Enterprise Centre PDT

Your Vote Counts – Give Women a Great Platform

You can make the difference.  Yes there is a bid in to help women entrepreneurs. It’s called Platform. If you think it is half as good as we at PDT’s Westminster Neighbourhood Enterprise Centre believe it is then please vote today. Closing date 28th November 2012.

Great to see an RBS initiative funding this project to help women set-up and run successful businesses. In today’s society enterprise is a great way forward.  To paraphrase “give a person a meal and they eat for today. Teach them how to fish and they can feed their family for a lifetime”. 
Click vote at: and let’s make a difference to peoples’ lives and give them this Platform for a positive future!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

How to Prepare a Successful Business Plan

Business Planning for 2013 and Beyond Workshop on -
How to Prepare a Successful Business Plan

Date:     5th December 2012 (Wednesday)
Time:    10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (registration 9.45)
At:         The Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue London W9 2DB

Don’t put it off any longer. It does not matter if you are just starting your business or already running one you need an up to date business plan. Do you know how to succeed next year and beyond. Have you a vision? Is it documented, viable and realistic?
This seminar is all about the easy way to prepare a successful business plan:  

  • The preparation & research
  • What goes into the plan
  • Where to get the info
  • How to produce your plan
  • Content
The objectives of this workshop are to help you:
  1. Hit or exceed your goal
  2. Empowerment 
  3. Be prepared for most eventualities
  4. How to use all this information to write a simple but effective Business Plan
This workshop is FREE for residents of Westminster or £50 to those out of the Borough.

Book today

Call Kim Sadler at PDT
020 7266 0636

Fresh Fish found in Soho, Westminster

Antony Holmes arhFood Ltd.

If you find yourself in the heart of the West End, Berwick Street Market today make sure you visit Antony at his Fresh Fish Stall.

“You have to have faith in your fishmonger. I know where my fish comes from, and you can ask me.”

Berwick Street Market sells fruit, vegetables, fabrics and some clothes and household items. Dating back to 1778, there's a long history of market trading here and it's still going strong. With  Berwick Street being positioned in the heart of Soho, the market is popular with London's media crowd and serves as a prime eating and shopping area for advertising execs come lunchtime. Record shops, material wholesalers and cafes line the streets surrounding Berwick Street Market so there's plenty to do and see over and above what the stalls have to offer.

For more information you can contact Antony on 07736 675 315  @arhFood

Westminster Enterprise Centre, Business Planning Seminar on the 5th December 2012 from 9.45 - 12.30 to book please either call us on 020 7266 0636 or email