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Idea Store Business & Employment Support

Idea Store Business

Looking for business information? Starting up a small business? Changing your career?

Find the answers with Idea Store Business online services, available free to Idea Store members.


A programme of free events takes place at Idea Store Whitechapel throughout the year. 

Three Ways to Grow your Business by 30% in Less than a Month
Tuesday 26 February 6:30 - 8:30pm
In this seminar Simone Vincenzi will share how in less than 6 months he helped a retail business to increase its turnover from 120k x year to 870k and how starting his own business with only £100, he is now running a training company "GTeX" turning over 20-40k x month. During the seminar you will learn: The biggest mistake that keep a business stuck and what to do to turn it around; How to increase your sales 30% in less than a month; How to save 500% of your business costs leveraging the global economy, or if you want to start your own business on the right foot, come and join Simone Vincenzi at this content-rich and action-packed talk.
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The 5 Secrets to Successful Networking
Tuesday 26 March 6:30 - 8:30pm
Do you dread networking? Mary Jane Boholst, formerly a shy introvert and tech support person, will teach you the 5 keys to successful networking that she used to go from being painfully shy and anxious to having fun and getting business from networking events. She will teach you how to find the right events, the secret to making meaningful connections and finally enjoying networking, how to create your elevator pitch and much more! This seminar is for you if you are thinking about starting your own business or are already in the early stages.
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Successfully Incorporating Google Maps and Google My Business into Your SEO Efforts
Tuesday 30 April 6:30 - 8:30pm
SEO or Search Engine Optimisation, is a very effective long-term strategy to promote your business. However, keyword research needs to be done first and the SEO process can take a while to "kick in". For new businesses the delay can cause problems.
This month, experienced SEO coach Mike Loomey of 3 in 1 SEO will not only explain how SEO works but will look in depth at Google Maps & Google My Business. In addition he will also recommend some other free methods that web owners might use to promote their business with more immediate effect than SEO. For example, Mike will reveal the names of the UK's 30 most popular citation sites which will list you without charge and bring in some instant traffic.
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How COBRA can help you

COBRA offers easy to understand and comprehensive factsheets and guides for anyone thinking about starting a small business or working in one.

The 'Business Opportunity Profiles' are ideal for the job seeker and for interview preparation, with detailed information on qualifications and skills, market and trading issues and useful contacts. The 'Business Information Factsheets' and 'Business Legal Library' cover trading issues such as raising and managing finance, marketing and trading abroad and trading legally.

How to use COBRA

COBRA is easy to use with a simple search and a keyword search. Factsheets and guides can be viewed as a text file or downloaded as a PDF.

COBRA can be accessed at your local Idea Store library or from home or work.

View the User Guide as a PDF

View the brief introduction to COBRA video

Idea Store Employment Support

Looking for employment advice and support? Idea Store Employment Advice offers face to face advice and online support, to assist you to find that job or change career. Browse, download or burn to CD an exciting selection of audiobooks and eBooks available via the eLibrary.

Working for Idea Store    

If you are interested in working for Idea Stores, you should look out for advertised vacancies on the Council's web site.

Universal Skills
Universal Skills: employability instant self-assessments for job seekers

  • Assess your skills in areas vital to achieving and sustaining employment such as time management, communication, motivation and problem solving.
  • Step by step guide to help you to create a Find a Job account, including setting up a profile, searching for jobs and, most importantly, creating a CV.
  • Help with gaining or improving the skills you need for job hunting, including good customer skills, job interview preparation and how to cope with the change of starting a new job.
  • Find out about Universal Credit, eligibility and how to create an account and how to make a claim.

Employment Advice Sessions in Idea Stores

First Impressions
Are you disabled, aged 16 to 24 and unemployed?
First impressions, first experiences programme can support you to:
• gain valuable skills and work experience
• get one to one and group support
• have access to your own business mentor who’ll advise, guide and share their ‘real life’ experiences
• build your confidence and self-esteem
• make new friends along the way
• create a future of possibilities.
Book your place now on this exciting 14 week programme for young disabled people living in Tower Hamlets and surrounding London boroughs.
Contact: or 07807 799 928 

Job Support Sessions
WorkPath is a unique employment service for all Tower Hamlets residents, providing support for people at all levels of work, skill or experience. If you live in Tower Hamlets, we can provide employment support tailored to your needs, whether you need basic skills or advanced training; access to work experience, apprenticeships or graduate schemes; CV help, interview preparation and more. Based on your individual experience and circumstances, they will then help identify what support you need, and develop your own unique action plan towards achieving your goals, or WorkPath.
Telephone: 020 7364 0626 Email
Tuesdays, 9.30am - 5pm Idea Store Whitechapel  

Job Support Sesions
National Career Service and Employment Support Service provided in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd. 
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10am - 4:30pm, Idea Store Bow 
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10am - 5pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street 
3rd Wednesday of the month, 10am - 5pm, Idea Store Watney Market 
4th Wednesday of the month, 10am - 5pm, Idea Store Canary Wharf

Job Club 
Do you need support looking for a job? Pop in and we will be happy to help and answer any of your employment questions. Visit our Job Club which offers free, friendly advice on:

  • Getting back into work
  • Finding suitable training courses
  • Careers and Benefits advice
  • Developing your employability skills
  • C.V. writing and application form writing
  • Searching for a job and interview techniques

Tuesdays 10.30am - 4pm, term-time only, Cubitt Town Library

Job Club
Do you need support looking for a job? then visit our Job Club which offers free, friendly advice on:
• Finding suitable training courses
• Developing your employability skills
• Writing C.V’s and application form
• Searching for a jobs and interview techniques
Every Wednesday 9.30am - 12.30pm, Idea Store Whitechapel 


A wide range of audiobooks and eBooks available to download to your PC or mobile device or burn to CD.