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Leeds Trinity's masterclass for would-be entrepreneurs
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Dragons Den - inspiring people to go it alone

These days, it seems like everyone wants to make it in the business world.

BBC TV's hit show Dragons' Den has helped inspire people to look seriously at developing their own business.

So if you are thinking of going it alone in business you'll be in good company at Leeds Trinity University College this spring with a series of evening classes for aspiring business people.

LTUC is running a six-week business masterclass at its Horsforth campus.

The course will cover business planning, marketing and publicity, developing a website and IT systems, business finance and how to pitch your business idea.

As well as drawing on the knowledge of Leeds Trinity's own academic experts, the course will welcome as speakers, Leeds Trinity alumni who now run successful businesses in Leeds - Rich Hayden of multimedia production company Rejuvenate Productions, and Jordan Dudley of Dudley Child Executive Recruitment.

Rich Hayden commented, "The masterclass programme is a fantastic way for graduates to gain a real insight into starting up a new business. It is so refreshing that this programme is available and I like the way it encourages students to think about the possibilities of self-employment."

"My business partner and I both graduated from Leeds Trinity in 2000 and set up Rejuvenate Productions whilst still studying. I know how rewarding it can be to follow a dream and build your own company."

Phil Williams, Enterprise Officer at Leeds Trinity, said, "The development of new businesses is vital to revive the economy, and our masterclass is part of a range of support on offer at Leeds Trinity to help those wishing to start their own business."

The Business Masterclass runs from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday evenings from 17 February until 24 March 2011. The final session comprises a Dragons' Den-style competition, with cash prizes for winners to put towards their businesses.

The course is open to local people as well as Leeds Trinity students and graduates. For enquiries email Phil Williams, call 0113 283 7151 or visit the college's website.



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