Expert advice

We passionately believe that speaking to people in the know improves your chances of success. No-one is an expert in every field that’s why we have formed a team of local specialist to help you be self–employed.

After you have attended an introduction to self-employment session and a self–employment workshop you can then book 1:1 appointments with our expert advisers and apply for our other free support including funding, schemes and office space. To book an appointment, phone us on 0114 225 3131.

Our advisors

All of our expert advisers are self–employed, running their own businesses or specialists in their own fields. They will educate and be an impartial sounding-board to help you every step of the way. They will work with you to develop your idea, prepare for your first sale and continue to support you as your venture grows.

You can access a comprehensive range of advice including


Intellectual property - how to protect your ideas

Have you come up with a new product, design or innovation you want to protect? Complete our Bright Ideas form (Word 226kb) to see how our intellectual property service could help.

Intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term which covers all creative outputs generated by an individual or organisation, including everything from new ideas to new products.

We understand it's important to protect your outputs, which is why our specialist advisers can help you copyright or patent your idea or product to ensure the best possible protection.

For more information about intellectual property please download our guide (PDF 338kb).

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