Impatience is good. It creates the biggest events, drives the best businesses, and inspires the most creative projects.
Leeds is a city of start-ups. From the abundance of recently established cafés, venues and artist-led spaces to pop-up restaurants, city-wide food festivals and digital innovators, the entrepreneurial spirit in the city is very much alive.
It’s a place where the go-getters, the creative types and those with big ideas do well, and the community of independent businesses is strong. Working for yourself is increasingly seen as an attractive and viable option for young people starting out and the number of young businesses has boomed. According to the Start-Up Cities Index that ranks the top 25 cities outside of London, Leeds had the second highest number of new start-ups in 2014 with a total of 4,275 being established. With London becoming more and more unaffordable, young graduates are looking to the North for opportunities and in cities like Leeds they are finding a thriving community to get involved with.
In celebration of this, Leeds University Students Union in collaboration with Leeds Student Radio, The Gryphon and Leeds Student TV, are hosting an event called Leeds Enterprise at Leeds University Union on Wednesday 3rd May. Showcasing the thriving independent scene in Leeds, the event aims to inspire students to stay in the city and set up their own independent businesses, organisations and projects.
Bringing you an afternoon of presentations, a panel discussion and networking drinks, Leeds Enterprise will give an insight into what the initial steps are in setting up a successful enterprise and what Leeds can offer as a city.
Starting off with talks from Matt Dix, director of Leeds Indie Food Festival and Jack Simpson of Hyde Park Book Club, a panel discussion will follow with Russell Bisset of Northern Monk, Abigail Baldwin co-creator of Buttercrumble design, Tony Ereira of Come Play With Me and Jamie Crummie co-founder the Too Good To Go app among others.
Covering a range of different fields, from festivals to food, digital to design this event is essential for anyone with an interest in setting up their own enterprise and wanting to find out more from some of the self-starters, young entrepreneurs and cultural innovators at the forefront of the city’s independent scene.
As the venue has a limited capacity, the first 100 names posted in the event will be guaranteed entry.
The event is completely free of charge. For full event details: www.facebook.com/events/1578131185551892/
Blog written by Lily Ackroyd-Willoughby, Leeds University Union
Images: Leeds Indie Food / Buttercrumble / Come Play With Me