Library Innovation Network Aberdeenshire

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Library Innovation Network Aberdeenshire

Would you like to start or grow a business in Aberdeenshire and need some support? LINA (Library Innovation Network Aberdeenshire) gives you access to workspace and skills development programmes.

LINAlockup2Libraries Innovation Network Aberdeenshire (LINA) is a collaboration between Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Aberdeenshire Council (in particular its library service; Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA)) that will support economic development through nurturing innovative thinking and encouraging the development, testing and implementation of business ideas.

If you have an idea that you would like to grow into a business in the North East of Scotland and are looking for space and support, then either come along to one of the LINA library spaces and get started or sign up to a taster workshop.

Library Spaces

The first library spaces to offer co-working and workshop programmes are:


Fraserburgh and Macduff libraries will follow in late 2019 with their first workshop programme running in early 2020:

Co-Working Spaces

In each of the LINA libraries you will find free co-working spaces for you to base yourself and develop your ideas. There is no need to book, just go along to the libraries during their opening hours (check the LLA website) and make use of the spaces. Resources that will be available to you are:

  • Wifi connectivity
  • Desk space
  • Printing services
  • Information services and a warm welcome from library staff
  • Connect with fellow entrepreneurs

Free Skills Programmes

To help you test, develop and implement your ideas, the RGU LINA team will be running a number of six-week programmes in the library spaces to help founders build their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

Sessions will range from idea generation, to developing a business model canvas, to practical elements such as costs or marketing.

One-Day Business Workshops

For those interested in exploring starting a business or scaling an existing business this one-day, standalone workshop will help you develop your entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and mindset to accelerate your ideas.  The day includes interactive learning, some brief case-studies and provides you with a toolkit to take away for future use including:

  • Defining your purpose, ambition and mindset.
  • Creating a Value Proposition and how to use it.
  • What is a Business Model Canvas and how to develop yours.
  • Creating compelling stories for customers (marketing).
  • Ensuring your idea is desirable, feasible and viable for success.
  • Defining your income, costs and pricing.
  • Using design thinking to solve problems.

Contact the LINA Team

If you are interested in finding out more about LINA or want to know what sessions are coming up, please feel free to check the events calendar or get in touch with the team.

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