Launch of Swindon’s YEN (Young Entrepreneur Network)

By Anita Jaynes on 14 July, 2015

Three young and successful business owners, with a desire to help, support and motivate young talent locally, have set up a new group – YEN (Young Entrepreneur Network) Swindon.

Samantha Whittingham (founder of Little Miss Cakemaker, Emma Phipps (founder of Beau Tie) and Marcus Lilley (founder of Futr Social) have worked together to come up with a unique offering for their members. The idea is to meet up informally over coffee or drinks every week. Members can continue conversations and share inspirational and informative links through the private Facebook group.

Samantha Whittingham said: “We’ve created a platform that brings young people together so they can achieve their goals and aspirations whilst having lots of fun and being surrounded by like minded individuals.

YEN was created with the aim to encourage younger people to enter the world of business and feel like there is a support network available, where we can actively change the way businesses work and share our perspectives on life as a business owner. Starting a business is a scary thing to do, but one of the most exciting and incredible journeys you can dive into.

YEN is also about building friendships – it can even feel as though you’re gaining work colleagues. Self-employment can be quite isolating so it’s helpful to have a network of people on your wavelength to share the good times and the bad.”

YEN Swindon will boast a range of membership bonuses, including free coffees at the regular informal meetings, shared ‘co-working space’ days, access to their collaborative expertise and continuous motivation and support.

Samantha added: “There will also be quarterly social outings, because while working for yourself is challenging it should also be fun. As a group, we can share problems and overcome them, whilst enjoying the rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurialism.”

If you’d like to find out more or get involved in YEN Swindon, email or visit

Pictured below the YEN Swindon founders at work.