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Loca teams up with Business Link to run Starting Blocks programme

ARTS and regeneration agency Loca has been helping creative people broaden their understanding of running a business.

ARTS and regeneration agency Loca has been helping creative people broaden their understanding of running a business.

The Batley-based body has joined forces with Business Link to offer a series of practical sessions aimed at people just starting up in or new to business in the creative sector in North Kirklees.

Those supported by the Starting Blocks programme include Julia Borodina-Cox, a fine art painter from Dewsbury, who wanted help in developing the business side of her work.

Julia, who has attended workshops and one-to-one advice sessions around business planning and marketing, said: "The information I’ve gained while taking part in the Starting Blocks programme has been invaluable, helping me to focus on my business skills and giving me practical tips that will help me in promoting my work."

Robin Widdowson, projects manager at Loca, said: "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Business Link in offering the Starting Blocks programme again this year.

"There have been a range of creative people taking part who have received advice and support which will help them survive as new businesses. The programme also gives them the opportunity to network with other creative businesses in the area to share ideas and benefit from the experience of others."

Starting Blocks is part of Loca’s Creative Business Support Programme which offers support to anyone in North Kirklees who is self-employed or running their own creative business – whether well-established or just starting out.

Details about the free programme are available from Robin Widdowson on 01924 488844.

 

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