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The Enterprise Revolution

30th December, 2015 No Comments


It has been a very special few months on which to end 2015, which has been an exciting and eventful year for Cavendish Enterprise partners and our clients.

BBV were delighted to be part of the official launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week which this year took place in Manchester for the first time. Over 100 people attended the event which provided a great opportunity to network with other successful entrepreneurs and learn about the help and support available to new start-ups. In recognition of their contribution to this special event, BBV was selected as a winner of the High Impact Award for 2015.  Also, Business West and Nwes were recognised as GEW High Impact Hosts for 2015.

GEW High Impact Award

Shopping locally and supporting small retailers was the theme of Small Business Saturday, which again raised the profile of entrepreneurs. Most people in the UK either own a small business, or work for a small business or know someone who does, with 99.3% of all businesses having less than 49 employees. And it is not really surprising when you consider that according to recent research by the RSA people choose self-employment for a variety of reasons, including greater freedom, and more control in their work/life balance.

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Self-employment in the UK has been increasing since 2000, and now stands at 4.6 million people, representing 15% of total employment.  Cavendish Enterprise is proud to play its part in this enterprise revolution by delivering the important Start & Grow programme.

Start & Grow is funded by the Regional Growth Fund and delivers support and training to potential entrepreneurs across England. The programme is available to those looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground.

Start & Grow is designed to accelerate business growth ambitions and lead to increased turnover, profitability, job creation, and business expansion. If you measure up to this challenge, and would like to know more, we would love to hear from you.

Some of the Cavendish partners are also the appointed delivery agent  for Virgin StartUp. BBV is one of these, and is the delivery partner for the North West region, and over the last twelve months has supported 80 entrepreneurs with loans in excess of £700k. It was a great honour for BBV to introduce two of their Virgin StartUp clients to Sir Richard Branson during his recent visit to Manchester.

Helen and Adam Walker, owners of Twiceley (an ingenious way to sell premium pre-owned clothes), and Deborah Todd of ZAAZEE (a stylish women’s sportswear brand) were the recent start up entrepreneurs invited to meet Sir Richard and chat to him about their businesses and what they have achieved thus far.  As the founder of the Virgin Group of companies, which have expanded into so many sectors, Sir Richard is certainly one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, and it was a real privilege to meet him.

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We constantly strive to provide intensive support for new business start-ups, and to provide a first class service to our many clients. It is a great privilege and joy to see the success that so many people achieve when they invest in themselves.

Then, to end this amazing year, London brought all the Cavendish partners and other enterprise support agencies together for the 2015 Annual Conference of the National Enterprise Network.  Cavendish partners were among the agencies receiving recognition for their business support services.  BBV is proud to have been a member of the National Enterprise Network for the past 33 years. Whilst we have seen many incarnations of enterprise support over these last three decades our original mission and values remain the same as when we started in 1983:-

‘To be an outstanding business support organisation, known for our honesty, integrity, and passionate support for enterprise in all its many aspects.’

So as we end 2015 and move into a new year, our resolution is to live bravely, believe in the future, and always be prepared to try something different.

I hope you had a very merry Christmas, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Written by Sylvia Philips, CEO, BBV

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Cavendish members’ Events for GEW on Friday 20th November

19th November, 2015 No Comments


Cavendish Consortium Partners‘ GEW Events

Friday 20th November

As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close, here’s the final list of the Cavendish Enterprise partners’ events to support start up, new, and growing businesses.

 

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GEW is a great opportunity.  Don’t miss out …..

go to events,

share your ideas for business,

show your passion and commitment,

be inspired by other entrepreneurs,

and above all MAKE IT HAPPEN.

The Start & Grow programme, funded by the Regional Growth Fund across England, delivers support and training to entrepreneurs.  The scheme is available to those

looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages

where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground

Start & Grow could help you MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

Events for Friday 20th November:

NORTH EAST delivered by TEDCO

Starting up in Business seminar Darlington Business Central – Friday 20th November

Contact TEDCO for more information [email protected]

 

WEST MIDLANDS delivered by NEN / Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Know your Business

Session content: The event will have a strong focus on market research covering topics such as clients, suppliers, competitors and marketing, and is designed to challenge your knowledge of your target market and subsequently the potential viability of the business.  Friday 20th November : The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, Birmingham : 11am – 1:30pm

 

SOUTH EAST delivered by Enterprise First

Bookkeeping Workshop – Friday 20th November

Business Start-Up Workshop in Southampton – Friday 20th November

Business Growth Network in Southampton – Friday 20th November

 

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Cavendish GEW events for Thursday 19th November

18th November, 2015 No Comments


Cavendish Consortium Partners‘ GEW Events

Thursday 19th November

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Cavendish Consortium partners have various events to support start up, new, and growing businesses.

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The Start & Grow programme, funded by the Regional Growth Fund across England, delivers support and training to entrepreneurs.  The scheme is available to those

looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages

where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground

Start & Grow could help you MAKE IT HAPPEN.

GEW is a great opportunity.  Don’t miss out …..

go to events,

share your ideas for business,

show your passion and commitment,

be inspired by other entrepreneurs,

and above all MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

Events happening in your region on Thursday 19th November:

 

NORTH EAST delivered by TEDCO

TEDCO advisor drop in session (Tracy) at Campus North café, Newcastle – Thursday 19th November

Contact TEDCO for more information [email protected]

 

SOUTH WEST delivered by Business West

Business StartUp Workshop – Gloucester  – Thursday 19th November

 

SOUTH EAST delivered by Enterprise First

Gosport Informal Network  – Thursday 19th November

 

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#MakeItHappen – Global Entrepreneurship Week – Cavendish events for Wednesday 18th November

17th November, 2015 No Comments


Cavendish Consortium Partners‘ GEW Events

Wednesday 18th November

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Cavendish Consortium partners have various events to support start up, new, and growing businesses.

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The Start & Grow programme, funded by the Regional Growth Fund across England, delivers support and training to entrepreneurs.  The scheme is available to those

looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages

where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground

Start & Grow could help you MAKE IT HAPPEN.

GEW is a great opportunity.  Don’t miss out …..

go to events,

share your ideas for business,

show your passion and commitment,

be inspired by other entrepreneurs,

and above all MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

Events for Wednesday 18th November

NORTH WEST delivered by BBV

BBV running its own business start-up seminar in BOLTON on Wednesday 18 November, which is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs to attend. This free event will enable participants to get connected to new business ideas, contacts and support, as well as be inspired by other entrepreneurs who have already made it happen, by turning their ideas into reality.

It promises to be a great event and is being held in an amazing venue, All Souls Bolton, which is a place that inspires. So if you want to start your own business this is the place to start and the opportunity that you have been waiting for to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

NORTH EAST delivered by TEDCO

If We Can, You Can challenge and GENESIS 5 regional universities event at Baltic Gateshead – Wednesday 18th November

Start & Grow surgery Enterprise House, Barnard Castle, Tees Valley – Wednesday 18th November

Contact TEDCO for more information [email protected]

 

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER delivered by NEN / Airedale Enterprise

Social Media: Getting Started full day workshop – Wednesday 18th November

 

WEST MIDLANDS delivered by NEN / Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Know your Business – Session content: The event will have a strong focus on market research covering topics such as clients, suppliers, competitors and marketing, and is designed to challenge your knowledge of your target market and subsequently the potential viability of the business.  Wednesday 18th November : 10:30am – 1pm

 

SOUTH EAST delivered by Enterprise First

Meet the Local Expert – Wednesday 18th November

 

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GEW – Cavendish partners’ events for Tuesday 17th November

16th November, 2015 No Comments


Cavendish Consortium Partners‘ GEW Events

Tuesday 17th November

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Cavendish Enterprise partners have various events to support start up, new, and growing businesses.

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Some of these events include the Start & Grow programme, funded by the Regional Growth Fund across England, delivers support and training to entrepreneurs.  The scheme is available to those

looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages

where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground

Start & Grow could help you MAKE IT HAPPEN.

GEW is a great opportunity.  Whether its the Start & Grow programme you’re interested in, or other business advice and support, don’t miss out …..

go to events,

share your ideas for business,

show your passion and commitment,

be inspired by other entrepreneurs,

and above all MAKE IT HAPPEN.

 

Events for Tuesday 17th November:

NORTH EAST delivered by TEDCO

Presentation of the Virgin Start Up and Start and Grow service to the North East Growth Accelerator and Incubation Network  (GAIN) at the BIC in Sunderland – Tuesday 17th November

Contact TEDCO for more information [email protected]

 

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER delivered by NEN / Airedale Enterprise

Understanding PR full day workshop – Tuesday 17th November

Introduction to business planning (Virgin Start-up 2 hour workshop) – Tuesday 17th November –  11am–1pm

 

EAST MIDLANDS delivered by NBV

Technology for Start Up Businesses workshop – NOTTINGHAM – Tuesday 17th November

 

EAST of ENGLAND delivered by Nwes

GEW Networking Event – HARLOW – Tuesday 17th November

GEW Networking Event – NORWICH – Tuesday 17th November

 

SOUTH EAST delivered by Enterprise First

Business Start-Up Workshop – Tuesday 17th November

 

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