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Cooper Sessions 

A year-long programme of events and activities aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level.

Cooper Sessions include post-work “Fireside Chats” on the first Tuesday of every month, and hour-long “Lunch and Learns” on the third Thursday of every month.

The calendar of dates for the year is below - make a note in your diary now and follow the links to register your place! Each month we’ll publish the details for the upcoming Fireside Chats and Lunch and Learns with a link to register. All of our events are free. 

Fireside Chats
After work
Refreshments provided
Lunch and Learns
At lunchtime
Lunch provided
N/AJanuary 17th 
February 5thFebruary 21st
March 5thMarch 21st
April 2nd April 18th
May 7thMay 16th
June 4thJune 20th
July 2ndJuly 18th
Break in AugustBreak in August
September 3rdSeptember 19th
October 1stOctober 17th
November 5thNovember 21st
December 3rd
December 19th

Fireside Chats
First Tuesday of every month at 6.00pm

There is a wealth of entrepreneurial talent in our city and region, but do you know the stories behind the successful businesses? Each month we invite in a tech entrepreneur for an informal chat about their business - the highs and the lows of their journey so far, and what their hopes are for the future. Prepare for some candid tales of what went wrong and come away with some tips of what might help your own business to grow. Share a post-work drink with fellow entrepreneurs and hear the inside track about the sometimes winding road to success. 

When?   With who?

Lunch and Learns
Third Thursday of every month from 12 noon

Delivered by entrepreneurs and experts in their field, the monthly Lunch and Learns in the Cooper Session series are the perfect opportunity to grab a bite to eat with fellow entrepreneurs and learn something useful over your lunch break. We will cover a range of topics such as leadership, organisational culture and investment readiness, but we’re open to hearing your suggestions for what topics you’d like to learn about in future months. We promise that you’ll leave each session with something that you can implement immediately in your business - whether that’s a quick fix for an ongoing niggle, or a more in-depth solution that will unlock the next stage of business growth. 

When?   Who?
April 18th Capital Enterprise, 'Investment Readiness'

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3 April

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Vision, Mission and Values – what are they and how are they essential to your business?
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