Sheffield Technology Parks has launched Cooper Sessions for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level

What’s the key to making a business grow? The techniques that can take the seed corn of an idea to an up-and-running business with a healthy order book in a relatively short period?

There is no magic formula, of course, and every business is different, but we can learn a huge amount from those who have already walked that path.

That’s why we’ve set up Cooper Sessions at Sheffield Technology Parks, the not-for-profit work space for tech and digital businesses. In this year-long programme of fireside chats and working lunches, tech entrepreneurs and experts in their field will be sharing their stories and giving a host of useful tips and advice.

Fireside Chats
First Tuesday of every month at 6pm

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.

Lunch and Learns
Third Thursday of every month from 12 noon

Delivered by entrepreneurs and experts in their field, the monthly Lunch and Learns 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.

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 your business growth.

Cooper Sessions are open to anyone with a digital business idea, running a start-up or trying to move an established business to the next phase.