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SPARK Business Workshops

From Business Planning to Social Media, sign up today for your free expert-led training!

by Spark

When starting a business, practical training is a must when beginning your journey to be a successful entrepreneur.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Through these unprecedented times SPARK is committed to delivering its same high-quality support. With the health and wellbeing of students and staff being a priority, our workshops will continue online.

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sparkSpark workshops have now changed as a reflection of the current pandemic and will be delivered online.

This series of workshops is designed not only to give students and graduates of the University of Leeds an insight into what running their own business will be like, but also to provide you with very practical advice and tips for dealing with the things you will encounter when thinking about, and commencing, a new commercial venture.

By following the link below, current students can register their interest in the Spark workshop series via Careerweb only on the days set out. You will then be sent login details to your student email address which will allow you access to the online courses.

From then on, the workshops will be available for you to access at any time of day or night and are available throughout the year. They are in short bite size chunks, easy to digest and follow, and you can dip in and out of them at your own pace.

Once you have signed up for the workshop series you will then be sent login details to your student email address in due course. You can then access the workshops 24/7.

Following on from the workshops, you can then ask questions to the presenters during our online Q and A sessions. You can sign up for these sessions through Careerweb.

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Online Workshop Programme: Winter 2022

Online Workshop Programme Booking

Current University of Leeds students

Please note: You only have to book ONCE to access ALL the online workshops above 24/7.


Alumni (up to 7 years after graduation) please book via email



Matthew Preston - Pre-Start Business Advisor

Online Q&A Sessions - Spring 2023


Please book the Q&A session once you have completed the relevant workshop


Title Date & Time Link
Business Planning Wednesday 12th April 2023, 13.00 - 13.30 Click to Book
The Journey of a Successful Entrepreneur Wednesday 19th April 2023, 13.00 - 13.30 Click to Book
Website Design and Optimisation Wednesday 26th April 2023, 13.00 - 13.30 Click to Book
After Business planning next Steps Wednesday 10th May 2023, 13.00 - 13.30 Click to Book
Marketing Wednesday 17th May 2023, 13.00 - 13.30 Click to Book