Monday, November 29, 2021

Business Gateway offers big ideas to support microbusinesses

The Business Gateway this week launched a new series of webinars designed specifically to support Leicestershire’s many microbusinesses to grow and thrive using new ideas.

The webinars start in early November and run weekly until mid-December. Like all Business Gateway support, they are fully Government-funded so free of charge to the microbusinesses.

At least 30 microbusinesses can take part in each webinar and the Business Gateway recommends that interested businesses sign up for all seven sessions so that they can become experts in thinking differently, developing new ideas and using customer feedback to test them before launching.

The seven webinars – each of which lasts just 90 minutes – will be delivered by local company Solvers Studio and led by founder, Carl Quinn.

Carl said: “I’m passionate about helping Leicestershire’s microbusinesses develop the skills they need to get a new perspective on business challenges; by doing this and using some simple techniques which we’ll share, a microbusiness owner can generate ideas for new products or services, test them to see which ones are viable and then launch them with a much higher chance of success.”

Carl will be supported by Lindsey Newman-Wood.

Sonia Baigent, chair of the Business Gateway Board, added: “Leicestershire’s economy is fortunate in being so varied and a massive 90% of businesses here are microbusinesses – that means they have fewer than five employees.

“With so many small businesses, it’s vital that they get the support they need to get through these difficult times and have the chance to thrive in the future.

“By helping them to learn how to generate and test new ideas, we’re giving them skills that will be useful for years to come. It’s that kind of thinking that can make the difference between surviving and not.”

The full programme of webinars is:

  • ‘Problems and Priorities’ – 02/11/21 (14:00-15:30)
  • ‘The Idea Generation Game’ – 09/11/21 (14:00-15:30)
  • ‘Rapid Prototyping’ – 17/11/21 (10:00-11:30)
  • ‘Developing products and services with users’ – 23/11/21 (14:00-15:30)
  • ‘Winning at failing’ – 30/11/21 (14:00-15:30)
  • ‘Implementing new ideas’ – 07/12/21 (10:00-11:30)
  • ‘How to Sprint’ – 15/12/21 (10:00-11:30)


To book for the webinars, microbusiness owners should visit the Business Gateway website at

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