[F]ollowing a high-profile launch at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Duke of York, national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain will shortly arrive in Carlisle as part of a summer bus tour providing inspiration and support to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs.
As an indicator of local entrepreneurial drive, new figures released by StartUp Britain for the tour show 186 new businesses were formed in Carlisle in the first five months of 2016. This compares with 484 new businesses registered throughout 2015.
Now in its fifth year, the StartUp Britain tour, powered by NatWest and sponsored by 123 Reg and .uk, is visiting 30 towns and cities in the space of six weeks, a record number for the campaign. Parking the bus in public squares and high streets, StartUp Britain recruits local entrepreneurs and experts to come on board and give free, impartial advice to anyone wanting to start or grow a business.
As one of the 30 stops, the bus will be parked in the Town Square from 10am – 4.30pm on Monday 20th June.
Visitors to the bus will be able to:
- get inspiration and support from established local entrepreneurs;
- speak to a professional business mentor/coach from Bolton Business Ventures enterprise agency
- get business finance advice from NatWest;
- take the 123 Reg digital skills survey and trial its new digital online training platform;
- receive a free .uk domain and £100 discounts on the 123 Reg Website Builder
The bus’s visit to Carlisle is supported by the University of Cumbria, Bolton Business Ventures, Carlisle City Council and others. It is also supported by national partners including The Prince’s Trust, UnLtd and the Intellectual Property Office. Carlisle is the fifth stop on the tour – the bus is travelling around Scotland later in the week and then on to the North-East and Yorkshire.
Matt Smith, director of StartUp Britain, said: “The fact we are now visiting more locations than ever before clearly shows how far Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit spreads. What’s more, as we travel from place to place we will gain more experience, and more inspiration to pass on to the next city. Certainly, the StartUp Britain bus tour is a great way to come face-to- face with some of Britain’s most innovative individuals.”
Nick Leech, digital director of 123 Reg said: “123 Reg hosts more small business websites than any other company in the UK, and it’s our ambition to help even more businesses get online in order to thrive. Joining forces with StartUp Britain for this national bus tour is an important part of this plan. We’re confident that we can continue to take a leading role in supporting small businesses and budding entrepreneurs UK-wide to harness the power of the internet, taking them to the next stage of their growth. We’ve invested heavily to get to know our customers, and our experts will be travelling around the country, giving targeted advice and support to provide small businesses with the digital tools and skills they need to succeed online.”
Heather Waters, Regional Enterprise Manager, NatWest North of England said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions than ever before.”