StartUp Britain Bus
Entrepreneurs in York were on hand to
welcome the StartUp Britain bus to the city this month to get their
hands on free advice and up to £200 worth of start up offers.
York St John University Business School
hosted the visit in conjunction with its annual Enterprise Day on
13th November. The bus is part of the national StartUp
Britain enterprise campaign run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs
with government backing to celebrate, inspire and accelerate
enterprise in the UK.
The 2012 bus tour is focused on inspiring
and supporting young people who are interested in starting their
own business, and Business School dean Jackie Mathers says the
visit provided the perfect lead to Enterprise Day and York Business
“This year’s Enterprise Day event included
an opportunity for five young businesses to pitch to a panel of
angel investors with prizes including a laptop, free attendance to
the Business School’s Acorns Enterprise Club seminars, a Google
training package of search engine optimisation support from the
Local Enterprise Partnership and a 12-month subscription to Royal
Mail’s Simple Ways to Grow package up for grabs,” she says.
People who visited the StartUp Britain bus
on Friday 8th received access to support, as well as experienced
entrepreneurs who were on hand to give advice and share their
expertise with enterprising young people in the city.
The StartUp Britain team also provided
information and application details for the £82m StartUp Loans
scheme for people aged 18 to 24, announced earlier this year. There
was an opportunity to apply for the loan on board the bus and
everyone received a free StartUp Loans Kit with a guide on how to
start a business, along with over £200 of StartUp offers.
StartUp Britain co-founder, Emma Jones,
says: “We are seeing more and more young people setting up
businesses. Research has shown eight out of ten young people think
about setting up a business these days as a career path, or a way
to turn a hobby into a money-spinning idea.
“The idea behind the visit was to show
York’s young entrepreneurs how to get access to the support,
guidance and funding that exists, point them towards specialist
mentors and give them the chance to speak to already-successful
For more information visit http://www.startupbritain.co/
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