Today Swindon’s wanna-be entrepreneurs are set to take part in an epic nationwide event that will deliver a bite-sized boost to those looking to start-up in 2016.
StartUp 2016 is taking place at Excalibur Communications in Century Road, Swindon. It is a free event that will offer advice on how to get a business started and will include live streaming from the national event in Canary Wharf and workshops from local advisers. The day starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm.
The event is run by fast growth small business network Enterprise Nation, it is one of a series of satellite gatherings offering start-up help to coincide with a national event in Canary Wharf, London.
StartUp 2016 is a collaboration between Enterprise Nation and a set of high profile sponsors including HSBC, domain name firm 123 Reg, internet technology business Verisign, cloud-based accounting software company Xero and small business insurance provider, Direct Line for Business. Leading UK professional services firm KPMG is also a headline sponsor of the event.
Enterprise Nation’s West Country champion Alison Edgar, said: “Every minute a business is started in Britain. Becoming your own boss can be satisfying and rewarding on so many levels. Last year more than half a million new companies were registered.
“This event is aimed at helping those in Swindon with dreams of starting up to pick up practical advice, link up with like-minded individuals, get inspiration to help them give their new business the very best start.”
Bivek Sharma, Head of KPMG Small Business Accounting, said: “The KPMG Small Business Accounting team are delighted to be supporting Enterprise Nation with StartUp 2016. This truly is one of the biggest and most important events in the UK for small businesses. We are especially excited about hosting the event in our offices, and look forward to welcoming thousands of businesses on the day.”
Gary Turner, Xero Managing Director said: “We truly believe that small businesses are the lifeblood of the global economy, so Xero are really proud to be involved with StartUp 2016. It’s an excellent networking and learning learning initiative that is focused on boosting small business success.”
Richard Bearman, UK Director of Small Business at HSBC, said: “We are proud to support StartUp 2016 and the work it is doing to help aspiring entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground and running. Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and HSBC is passionate about supporting their ambitions and growth plans.”
Jazz Gakhal, Director of Direct Line for Business said: “Supporting small businesses plays a key role in our strategy so we are delighted to be working with Enterprise Nation again, and to be involved with StartUp 2016. We understand how challenging it can be when starting up a new business so this event will be the perfect start for anybody thinking of going it alone.”