The Gay Business Association is hosting a series of workshops later this month in central London.

The day-long ‘masterclass’ will focus on all aspects of starting up and running a business that targets the gay and lesbian community, as well as information about dealing with discrimination.

During the course of the event, on 22nd February, there will be workshops on marketing, websites, new technology, legal issues, supplier diversity, getting grants and funding and training.

The ‘masterclass’ is designed for gay and lesbian professionals, start-ups, charities and NGOs, gay business entrepreneurs, and anyone working with the gay communities.

There will also be a number of business professionals on hand to answer specific questions throughout the day.

The Gay Business Association was formed in 1983 to bring gay business leaders together to tackle the prejudices in industry.

Over time, the emphasis of the association has changed to an educational and member resource focus, together with a database that all members can use to access gay-friendly businesses.

David Sheppard, Chair of the GBA said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are looking at the possibilities of setting up on their own and those who are already trading but require additional guidance on developing and growing their business.”

The event, which runs from 9am-6pm, will be followed by a networking evening to provide attendees with opportunities to gain new contacts and generate business.

The Gay Business Association masterclass will be held on Thursday 22nd February at the New Connaught Rooms in London WC2. Attendance costs £95, which includes lunch. To register, visit www.gba.org.uk or call 0870 429 249.