MC Partner Paul Durrance becomes newest Entrepreneur in Residence


MC Partner & Business Start Up Specialist Paul Durrance joins forces with Cabinet Member Councillor Gary Miller to give entrepreneurial advice drop-in sessions at Liverpool Central Library.

Paul Durrance Entrepreneur In Residence
Councillor Gary Millar & Paul Durrance at
Liverpool Library

Paul is the newest ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ to team up with Councillor Miller, the man in charge of business, enterprise and investment in Liverpool to offer free expert advice and guidance to entrepreneurs.

Councillor Millar – who has a track record in running successful businesses – is the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Central Library, offering budding and existing business people help and support in turning their ideas into success, as well as signposting them to others who can help.

The first drop in session took place on Thursday 5 February and was a resounding success, with the Councillor meeting with over 20 entrepreneurs.

The initiative is part of Central Library’s new Business & IP Centre – one of just seven in the UK – which gives access to a wealth of free advice and support, the opportunity to take advantage of free intellectual property and business information and expertise.

Cllr Millar said: “Although my role as Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment is to politically lead on the business agenda, I am also a business owner and business adviser. I’ve felt the pain, excitement and satisfaction of setting up a business, but I always did better when I sought out help when faced with hiccups, problems and opportunities.

“I have a passion for business and a unique understanding of what entrepreneurs and businesses can go through. My role will be to listen, inspire, motivate and steer people to hopefully the right kind of support.

“Professionally, I’ve personally helped over 10,000 men and women set up or grow their businesses; plus I’ve setup a Business Mentor project with the help of Liverpool Vision and created an enterprise competition for our local schools.”

Liverpool-based Paul Durrance has been offering advice to new business start ups in developing effective growth strategies for over 20 years.  Paul, who was appointed Partner at Mitchell Charlesworth in 2014, also mentors for Liverpool John Moores’ Centre for Entrepreneurship, and has previously been involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme helping students set up and run their own businesses, and more recently the Spark Up programme delivered by Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce.

Paul said: “I was delighted to have been asked by Gary to join him to become a fellow Entrepreneur in Residence.  We’re both passionate about supporting new businesses ideas in the Liverpool city region, and our ultimate aim is to provide a support network to help and encourage our city’s talented budding entrepreneurs and together build a strategy to help them flourish”.

Paul has previously been shortlisted for Insider North West Accountant of the Year.  To discuss the sessions further, you can contact Paul by calling 0151 255 2300, or send him an email. You can also tweet us @MitCharlesworth.

The Business & IP Centre, situated on the first floor of the newly renovated Liverpool Central Library on William Brown Street provides free access to business databases, market research reports, company data and technical standards along with information on patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. The initiative is also backed by Liverpool Vision, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the British Library in London.

Further information and schedule of sessions is available on Liverpool City Council’s website here.

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