23 January 2011

Resources for Inventors in Yorkshire and the Humber

Yorkshire and the Humber consists of the metropolitan counties of West and South Yorkshire, the shire county of North Yorkshire and the unitary authorities of York, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East England. Major cities include Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Hull and York. The region covers just over 15,420 square kilometres and has a population of 5.14 million.

Regional Development
Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency for Yorkshire and the Humber. This agency will be abolished with the other regional development agencies by March 2012. Proposals for local enterprise partnerships have been accepted for the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.

Business Advisers
Business Link Yorkshire is based at 1 Capitol Court Capitol Business Park, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3TZ. Tel: 0845 604 8048, At present it can field a team of business advisers in all parts of Yorkshire and Humberside who can offer advice and mentoring and access to other sources of advice. It also runs conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the region. The regional Business Link networks are due to be disbanded in the next few months. Taking their place will be private consultancies such as Business Doctors and business coaches like Gail Cherry of Torchlight Consulting.

Business Angels
There is a local angel network known as YABA (Yorkshire Association of Business Angels).

NIPC Clinics offers specialist IP advice throughout Yorkshire and the Humber and beyond. Local clinics staffed by local patent agents are also operated by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys at Leeds and Sheffield Central Libraries.

Community Development Finance Institutions
There are no less than 9 community development finance institutions in Yorkshire and the Humber:

Inventors Clubs
There are inventors clubs in Leeds and Sheffield.

There are Patent Information Centres at Leeds and Sheffield Central Libraries.

Professional Advisors
Jane Lambert, the only specialist intellectual property counsel outside London, practises from the Media Centre in Huddersfield. Specialist solicitors include Kate Reid, James Love, Sara Ludlam and Dai Davis. Patent agents with whom we work closely include Jane Bray, Peter Draggett, Dan Bates, Chris Hemingway and Michael Harrison. Ros Beattie of Company Solutions offers high quality accountancy services for start-ups and other small businesses. Richard Hall of pd-m International is a recommended product design consultant.

Further Information
We have a page on inventors' resources in Yorkshire and Humberside on the Inventors Club websitewhich we shall expand and update as and when we can. We have an Inventors Club group on Linkedin which covers developments affecting inventors throughout the UK. You can of course also join the Inventors Club if you want. The membership rules are here. There is no subscription but we may charge for special services such as showcasing inventions and access to professional services. Anyone who wishes to contact us should call us on 0113 320 3232 or use our online form.

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