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New Club for Region's Enterprising Business Leaders

23 May 2012


A new club for enterprising business owners launches this month to help boost the growth of young businesses and share best practice across Yorkshire.

Born out of the success of York St John University Business School’s Acorns programme, which brings together local entrepreneurs for a week-long intensive ‘boot camp’, the Acorns Enterprise Club will offer Yorkshire’s entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their skills on an ongoing basis.  The club answers demand to extend the programme’s support beyond the one-week boot camp.

The club, which is open to entrepreneurs from all sectors, will involve monthly meetings led by experts working across a range of disciplines, who are all passionate about helping others to succeed.  The first meet up, which will take place on Wednesday 27 June at 6.00pm, will be led by Simon Long, co-founder of Xing, who will talk about Guerrilla Marketing: how to use your imagination, creativity and effort, instead of money, to get your business known and selling.

The launch of the new Acorns Enterprise Club will be marked with an event on 29 May, where former Acorn and Britain’s Top Coach finalist, Jules Wyman, will talk about her experience of setting up in business and how she got the confidence to do it.

Acorns programme leader at York St John Business School, Irma Gomez, says: “The Acorns programme has been running now for over seven years, with more than 80 participants.  The Enterprise Club will provide opportunities for all of those people to come together, develop skills and share experiences.   

“We’re aiming to create a community of ongoing peer support, combining formal and social experiences, all of which is designed to maximise networking opportunities and facilitate the sharing of ideas and best practice.”

The Acorns Enterprise Club is part sponsored by the Northern Leadership Academy and each subsidised seminar costs £10.  

Entrepreneurs can now apply for the next Acorns programme between 17 - 21 June 2013.  For full details on the Acorns programme and the new Acorns club, visit http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/acorns