StartUp 2016 inspired Wiltshire’s budding entrepreneurs

By Anita Jaynes on 17 January, 2016

Yesterday, Saturday 16 January Enterprise Nation hosted Startup 2016, an event to inspire entrepreneurs to launch a business in 2016.

The day was part of a national initiative with other events being held across the country on the same day.

The Wiltshire event was held at Arclite House in Swindon, the home of Excalibur Communications.

Over 80 delegates attended with inspirational talks from James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur and Sara Tye, founder of Redhead PR. Alison Edgar of Sales Coaching Solutions and Denise O’Leary of Purpol Marketing gave a seminar on their top sales and marketing tips for success and Peter Jones of HR Dept delivered practical advice for becoming an employer.

The Business Exchange editor Anita Jaynes joined Steph Rickaby of Sunflower Accounts and Carol Aplin, founder of Pink and Green skincare in a panel discussion talking about the highs and lows of starting a new business.

Local Enterprise Nation regional champion Alison Edgar said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at the event. It was unique in the fact you could not only listen to “local heroes” tell their stories and give advice, but some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs including Lara Morgan, founder of Company Shortcuts, Mark Pearson founder of and Will King of King of Shaves were live streamed from London, which allowed their messages to come to Swindon and Wiltshire too.”

Enterprise Nation benefits from corporate sponsorship from companies including, HSBC, KPMG, Microsoft and 02, allowing them run most events for free with an annual membership of just £30. This price makes it affordable to most people starting and growing a business.

This is the first of many similar events planned for 2016 helping businesses start and upscale, which ultimately improves the local economy.

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