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Leeds Trinity’s Business Advice Café


​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 or just someone to run your business idea by to see if it is viable?

What's happening?

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

As well as having the opportunity to meet our experts and network, we will also be joined by local entrepreneur Richard Hayden who will discuss his story, what it takes to be successful and the difficulties to be addressed on the way.

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 senior lecturer at Leeds Trinity University.

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

Sara Hawthorne
Area of expertise: PR

Sara is an experienced public relations practitioner and visiting lecturer in digital marketing at Leeds Trinity University. She runs her own Leeds-based agency working with clients in niche sectors, like manufacturing, clean-tech and construction, providing strategic communication advice and guidance to senior directors.

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. He is currently Academic Group Leader of Trinity Business, based 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."

Scott Sellars
Area of expertise: Intellectual Property

Accredited through the UK Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University, Scott helps businesses to identify, evaluate and protect their intellectual property. Scott currently works for the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce delivering one to one and group IP awareness sessions.

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.

Phil Williams
Area of expertise: General Business Advice

Business Adviser at Leeds Trinity University; providing general start up advice to pre-start and young businesses plus information about the Hurol Ozcan Enterprise Centre at Leeds Trinity University.


Thursday 24 January 2019
4.00 - 7.00pm

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. 4.00pm, 4.20pm, 4.40pm, 5.00pm, 5.20pm, 5.40pm, 6.00pm, 6.20pm and 6.40pm.


  • 4.00 – 7.00pm - Refreshments, networking and expert sessions in progress
  • 4.00 – 4.45pm - Presentation by Richard Hayden, The Sevensun Agency – A Universe of Digital Creatives. Richard is a Leeds Trinity alumni and successful entrepreneur and he has recently set up a new business, the Sevensun Agency. The business provides a new model of working with digital creatives.
  • 7.00pm - Finish


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

Who can attend?

Leeds Trinity's Business Advice Café is open to all local businesses in the Leeds City Region.

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. More information below.

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.

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 Phil Williams, Business Start-Up Adviser at Leeds Trinity University.

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.