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StartUp Britain Bus

Entrepreneurs in York were on hand to welcome the StartUp Britain bus to the city this month to get their hands on free advice and up to £200 worth of start up offers. StartUp Britain Bus

York St John University Business School hosted the visit in conjunction with its annual Enterprise Day on 13th November. The bus is part of the national StartUp Britain enterprise campaign run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with government backing to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.

The 2012 bus tour is focused on inspiring and supporting young people who are interested in starting their own business, and Business School dean Jackie Mathers says the visit provided the perfect lead to Enterprise Day and York Business Week:

“This year’s Enterprise Day event included an opportunity for five young businesses to pitch to a panel of angel investors with prizes including a laptop, free attendance to the Business School’s Acorns Enterprise Club seminars, a Google training package of search engine optimisation support from the Local Enterprise Partnership and a 12-month subscription to Royal Mail’s Simple Ways to Grow package up for grabs,” she says.

People who visited the StartUp Britain bus on Friday 8th received access to support, as well as experienced entrepreneurs who were on hand to give advice and share their expertise with enterprising young people in the city.

The StartUp Britain team also provided information and application details for the £82m StartUp Loans scheme for people aged 18 to 24, announced earlier this year. There was an opportunity to apply for the loan on board the bus and everyone received a free StartUp Loans Kit with a guide on how to start a business, along with over £200 of StartUp offers.

StartUp Britain co-founder, Emma Jones, says: “We are seeing more and more young people setting up businesses. Research has shown eight out of ten young people think about setting up a business these days as a career path, or a way to turn a hobby into a money-spinning idea.

“The idea behind the visit was to show York’s young entrepreneurs how to get access to the support, guidance and funding that exists, point them towards specialist mentors and give them the chance to speak to already-successful entrepreneurs.”

For more information visit http://www.startupbritain.co/

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