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The Basics

Specialist Industry Seminars for Greeting Card Start Ups

Ladder Club Seminars

The Ladder Club now holds two one-day crash courses in greeting card publishing, run by Lynn Tait, of the Lynn Tait Gallery. Held once a year, the two separate day’s seminars comprise one for absolute beginners and the other for publishers who have exhibited at a trade fair and a turnover of over £3k.

Both seminars are packed full of essential information and feature successful publishers and specialist suppliers as well as Amanda fergusson, CEO of the GCA and Jakki Brown, editor of Progressive Greetings. Held in Westcliffe on Sea in Essex each autumn, the cost for each day is under £50 including lunch. Publishers who have been to the seminars then form a network of new publishers who can help each other on the road to success!

For further details contact Clare on:

GCA Seminars

The GCA also holds half days seminars on different aspects of greeting card publishing including Sales Agents, Licensing and Social Media. See the news section of this site for upcoming seminars and events.

General Help and Advice for Start Up Businesses

There are many organisations providing advice for start up businesses, here are just a few:

The Princes Trust: offers business advice and start up loans for young people aged 18-30.

Princes Trust: 0800 842 842

The British Library has a huge information resource at its online Business and IP Centre. It also offers a wide programme of free or reasonably priced seminars and workshop events.

Start Up Donut is a resource for new and established businesses offering free advice. With a mix of how-to guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content and blogs for all types of businesses.

Business Advice Online: 0300 30 38 300

This is a not for profit organisation which provides a national advisory service in many sectors including start up advice.

Government Help

The Government’s information about starting up and running a business in the UK, is now on the website. This includes help for those who are self-employed or a sole trader.

You can also contact your local authority, which should be able to provide information and help to new businesses starting up in the local area.

Department for Business Innovation & Skills: 020 7215 5000

BIS aims to invest in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business.

Companies House

Companies House’s role is to incorporate and dissolve limited companies, examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act; and make this information available to the public.

HM Revenue and Customs

Guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company. Provides links to additional help and support available to new businesses.

Regional help

Business Scotland:

Highlands and Islands Enterprise: 01463 234 171

Business Wales: 03000 6 03000

Invest Northern Ireland: 0800 181 4422

To start up a business in Eire see: