National enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain will hit the road this summer to help boost the no. of businesses started in 2015 to a record 600,000.
For the fourth year, the campaign is set to tour Britain with a bus full of start-up experts and champions, to provide inspiration and support to tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs.
Government-backed Start Up Loans Company and Upwork (‘the world leader in online work’) will also be supporting the tour.
On board, the national partners will be giving one-to-one advice and workshops to aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, while local business organisations and entrepreneurs will provide mentoring and local guidance.
The tour is set to visit 25 locations across England, Wales and Scotland, starting in London on 22nd June and ending in Inverness on 8th August.
The bus will be taking prominent positions outside Birmingham Library, Bournemouth Pier and Nottingham Town Hall and will be visiting Margate, Plymouth, Dundee, Middlesbrough and Swansea, among many others. It will also be taking part in the London Pride parade.
22nd June Canary Wharf, London
23rd June Old Spitalfields Market, London
24th June Cambridge
25th June Birmingham
27th June London Pride
29th June Newcastle
30th June Middlesbrough
1st July York
2nd July Leeds
3rd July Manchester
6th July Liverpool
7th July Nottingham
8th July Bristol
9th July Swansea
10th July Cardiff
20th July Plymouth
21st July Bournemouth
22nd July Swindon
23rd July Brighton
24th July Margate
3rd August Edinburgh
4th August Glasgow
5th August Dundee
6th August Aberdeen
7th August Inverness
Read what people are saying about the tour on Twitter via the #StartUpTour hashtag and tell us if you’re coming too!
What the sponsors say…
StartUp Britain director, Matt Smith said: “Since StartUp Britain launched in 2011 we have seen record breaking numbers of people each year starting businesses, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit within Britain continues to grow. By parking the StartUp Britain bus in town squares across the country, we want to give people the confidence and inspiration to turn their business ideas into reality”.
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest, said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get out into local communities to support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with experts like StartUp Britain, Sage and Start Up Loans, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions than ever before.”
Lee Perkins, MD of Sage UK & Ireland said: “We work with a thriving community of entrepreneurs and business owners who drive the UK economy. It’s our mission to support the UK’s small businesses and start-ups and we can’t wait to meet some of the country’s hottest entrepreneurial talent aboard the bus! Along with customers and partners, Sage and our Executive team will be on board offering advice, support, tools and guidance for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs looking to grow their business. It’s going to be quite a journey.”
Tim Sawyer, CEO of Start Up Loans said: “We are looking forward to getting on the road and meeting aspiring business owners across the UK. We have already supported over 28,000 individuals, in every sector, turn their business ambitions into reality. As a government funded scheme we not only offer finance but pre and post business support including free mentoring and access to exclusive business offers. Alongside members of the Start Up Loans team, on hand to give advice, some of our loan recipients will also be available to share their story.”
Upwork UK Country Manager Hayley Conick said: “British businesses need support to reach their full potential – and great ideas always need great people. That’s why we’re happy to support the StartUp Britain Bus Tour, helping to connect more businesses with the talent they need to start – and to grow.”
So, if you’re thinking of starting your own business or need help with a new venture, we’d love to see you at one of the bus tour locations. The bus will be parked up in easily accessible locations in the towns and cities listed above and everyone is welcome to just drop by for a friendly chat and some free help and advice from our experts.
Whether you can make it to the bus tour or not, we also recommend you download our free 100-page ‘Sage One Start Up Guide‘ which is written by StartUp Britain co-founder Emma Jones.