Long-running networking group Swindon Business Village is supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week by throwing open the doors of an upcoming meeting to new visitors and hosting talks aimed at helping businesses to develop.
Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from November 18-24 and during that week Swindon Business Village will gear its regular Thursday breakfast meeting – on November 21 – to encouraging current and aspiring entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their plans, whether that’s starting a business, seizing a new opportunity, or developing an existing business.
Swindon Business Village meets every Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express, near M4 junction 16, from 7.30-9am, and attracts a wide range of businesses – from professional firms, to SMEs, to sole traders, to start-ups.
Its founders believe they and other regular ‘villagers’ have a wealth of experience they can offer to support budding new and young businesses, as well as those established which want to develop.
“Although we are a networking group and in the business of doing business, we are also very supportive towards each other and to new businesses coming through the door, and everyone is very happy to impart their advice and support freely,” said co-founder Steve Dye, of Search Internet Marketing. “There have been many occasions when our expertise, collectively, has helped new businesses get off the ground, either with some free advice or by providing the necessary services. That’s why we want to support Global Entrepreneurship Week and would encourage any new, or established businesses wanting to develop, to come along and see what we have to offer.”
The event on November 21 will comprise its usual element of networking, round table introductions and referrals. But there will also be two short presentations: Charlotte Mannion, of training consultancy Quicklearn, will talk about how to get the most out of networking, while Chris Farnsworth, of ‘training with sheep’ business Raising the Baa, will talk about composing and delivering a great one-minute pitch.
Business Village’s other founder members – Mary Hoffman, of law firm Hoffman Male, IT support specialist Hew Helps, and branding expert Martin Warnes of Warnes ID Co – will also be on hand to chat to newcomers.
Business Village is a friendly, relaxed networking group and has been running for more than seven years, charging £10 per week for breakfast, plus a £25 one-off joining fee for those wanting to become full members and attend regularly.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is well-established in the business calendar, last year attracting 279,500 people attended over 3,200 events, run by 532 partner organisations across the UK – a 30 per cent increase on the year before.
To book on to the Business Village entrepreneurship event visit www.businessvillage.org or for more information email Steve Dye at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week visit www.gew.org.uk