Business Advice Cafe, Wednesday 2 February, 4 - 7 pm

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Leeds Trinity University

Brownberrie Lane


LS18 5HD

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Business Advice Cafe and Talks, Wednesday 2 February 2022, 4 - 7pm

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Leeds Trinity’s Business Advice Café

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 4 - 7pm

Do you have a specific question about your business that you’d like to ask an expert? Would you like some advice about how to market your product, create a PR campaign, price your products, understand cash flow and budgets, how to register your intellectual property, develop a podcast or just someone to run your business idea by to see if it is viable?

Come and meet face-to-face experts over a coffee and let them help you to grow your business, share advice and bounce around ideas, face-to-face, for free!

Plus, guest speakers Mark Costello ( and Tim Rooke ( will speak about what it takes to be successful in business.

Our panel of experts

Liz Cable - Area of expertise: Social Media

Liz Cable is a strategic social business consultant and senior lecturer in Digital and Social Media at Leeds Trinity University. Liz has been teaching social media since the launch of Twitter in 2006. She will help you solve your social media queries.

“Liz is so knowledgeable on this massive topic, clear, very helpful.”

Mark Sebright - Area of expertise: Marketing

Mark is a qualified marketing consultant with over 25 years’ experience. He runs his own marketing agency and is a lecturer in marketing at Leeds Trinity University.

“Mark is knowledgeable, engaging; enthusiastic, passionate, precise and straight to the point"

Darren Harper – Area of expertise: Podcasting

Darren Harper is an experienced broadcaster with over 20 years’ experience, both here and in Australia. He presented a commercial radio breakfast show in Leeds for 10 years and is now the co-host of the LS11 Podcast. He is a lecturer in journalism at Leeds Trinity University.

"Darren explains everything very clearly and helpful advice was given about resources needed."

Andy Gilliland - Area of expertise: Finance

Andy is an expert in Business finance and accounting, with a special interest in Top and Bottom-line growth, business development, new business finance and business incubation. Andy is a senior lecturer in Business at Leeds Trinity University.

“Andy was great, I enjoyed being able to share my thoughts and moans, but he challenged me to do something about my issues.”

Francis Dignan - Area of expertise: Legal

Francis is a senior lecturer in law at Leeds Trinity University and a Practising Barrister, Member, Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC (London). He is formerly: Director, Legal Advice Centre, University of Hull Law School.

Kris Keighley - Area of expertise: General Business Advice and Grant Eligibility

Business Adviser for Ad:Venture Leeds & Bradford: Providing general start up advice to pre-start and young businesses as well as routes to finance and grant eligibility.

Nikki Massen - Area of expertise: Public Relations

Nicky is an experienced public relations practitioner who started her career as a local newspaper reporter before moving to PR agencies and in-house PR teams for companies including Tetley’s Brewery, Carlsberg UK and Leeds Media. She has also worked for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK and Leeds Mencap. Nicky is currently in the process of setting up her own business, “It’s The Beer Talking”, and works as a freelance public relations consultant in Leeds.


As well as having the opportunity to meet our experts and network, we will also be joined by two entrepreneurs: Mark Costello from Horsforth Brewery and Tim Rooke from Open Gift Card, they will discuss their business journey and what it takes to be successful and the difficulties to be addressed on the way.

4.00 Refreshments and networking

4.15 Presentation by Mark Costello, Horsforth Brewery

4.30 Presentation by Tim Rooke, Open Gift Card (TBC)

4.45 Q & A, food and networking

5.00 Booked one-to-one expert sessions

7:00 Finish


Atrium and Conference Suite, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD.

The University’s approach throughout the pandemic has been to put the health, safety and wellbeing of all its students, staff and visitors first, and this will continue to be our priority. As a visitor to our campus, please support us by adhering to the following during your visit:

• Do not come to campus if you feel unwell, if you or a member of your household has any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Hand sanitiser points will be available at all entrances/exits. We request that everyone uses the hand sanitiser provided upon entry into the building or washes their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

• Face coverings are expected to be worn at all times inside our campus buildings, including public spaces and classrooms, unless you are exempt.

• Wherever possible, please ensure windows and doors remain open to allow a supply of fresh air and ventilation.

• Other measures are also in place, such as screens in reception areas, between some desks and within lecture theatres. Please utilise these when in these areas and refrain from moving these or any other furniture wherever possible.

As the situation evolves, so will our approach to keeping you, our colleagues and our students safe. Thank you for your patience and support as we manage this.

Who can attend?

If you are a business up to three years old with a desire to grow and develop, you could be eligible for further support through the Ad:Venture programme – including access to free workshops and funding. A number of places are available for non-eligible Ad:Venture businesses.

How to book

Please register for a ticket via our Eventbrite listing. You will be asked a few questions to check eligibility, and you will be encouraged to book a slot for a specific expert. When booking, please specify the nature of your question and your preferred time slot. All of our experts are available from 4.00-7.00pm with 20-minute allocated appointments i.e., 5.00 pm, 5.25 pm, 5.50 pm, 6.15 pm and 6.40 pm. We will contact you to confirm your attendance. If we can’t secure your chosen slot, we will offer you something else if there is still availability. If you book a slot but are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your slot to another business.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact Louise Miller, Ad:Venture Project Manager at Leeds Trinity University: or Nikki Eastwood, University Teacher in Business and Enterprise:

Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of Ad:Venture; a business support programme aimed at helping businesses in the Leeds City Region with real growth potential to achieve their ambitions. We are looking to support businesses that have ambitions to grow and create jobs. The project is supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme.

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A small university with a big reputation, Leeds Trinity University was one of the first universities to embed professional work placements into every degree. We work with thousands of businesses annually, putting us at the forefront for the delivery of apprenticeships and short courses for our business and community partners.

Our teaching staff combine industry experience with academic expertise in areas including media, business, management, marketing, education, psychology, health and wellbeing. We are leading the way in developing new education and training opportunities that meet the needs of employers. We’ve developed a unique work-based based learning framework, through which we can tailor programmes to suit the needs of your organisation.

Proud to be distinctive, Leeds Trinity is one of three universities in the UK with a Catholic foundation. Guided by our Christian ethos, we're committed to ensuring everyone in our community, whatever their faith, feels supported and valued. Leeds Trinity has always been characterised by this sense of community spirit, offering a truly personalised university experience that has enabled students to flourish for 50 years. 

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