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Start-Up Gloucester Conference - Inspiring and supporting start-ups in our city

PUBLISHED: 14:16 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 15 October 2013

Friday 1st November 2013 - Gloucestershire College, Gloucester Campus

According to figures released by Start-Up Britain, 413,525 start-ups have been launched across the county so far in 2013*, and the great news is that Gloucester is punching above its weight in terms of entrepreneurial activity. A recent report from business analysts Duport** suggest that 448 new companies have been set up in the City in the first half of this year, ten per cent up on 2012.

In light of these impressive figures, Gloucestershire College, in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, with the support of Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester is hosting the first Start-Up Gloucester Conference. The organisations have come together to offer future Gloucester based entrepreneurs a free half day conference in order to help them uncover their big idea, and to get advice from county experts about their next steps.

The free event, which is aimed at those who are considering starting their own business, those facing redundancy or taking voluntary redundancy, and those who might already be in the initial stages of setting up their own business, will take place on Friday 1st November from 9am until 12.30pm at the College’s Gloucester Campus on Llanthony Road.

Whether you’d like to know about writing a viable business plan, developing and protecting a new product idea, finance options, start-up marketing techniques or simply finding out if running your own business is really for you, then this conference is for you.

Peter White, Vice Principal of Customer Services and Marketing said; “We are hosting this initial Start-Up Gloucester event to bring together aspiring entrepreneurs in the City. As a Gazelle College, we are committed to not only encouraging the entrepreneurial ambitions of our own students, but to creating opportunities and supporting the ambitions of the local business community.” Dr Basil Omar, Enterprise and Incubation Manager at the University of Gloucestershire said; “The University of Gloucestershire is delighted to be involved in supporting this event. This summer we launched a number of new Enterprise Hubs in the county, to encourage entrepreneurship and assist innovative new business start-ups. These professional, fully equipped offices are underpinned by business and academic support services which are designed to help your business take its first few steps and onto accelerated and sustainable growth”

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, said; “This a good co-operative initiative between Gloucestershire College, the University of Gloucestershire and my office. Constituents taking voluntary redundancy packages and looking at setting up on their own, or keen to change direction, need help. But who to turn to for help? This conference will bring together people who have successfully gone out there and done just that and those looking to do so. I hope this conference will encourage more new entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.”

Event Programme

09.00am Arrival and welcome, Tea, coffee and informal networking

09.30am “Starting up in Gloucester’ - Taylor Theatre chaired by Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, who will be joined by:

Sarah Churchill, Owner & Founder of The Artisan Kitchen, Kirn Chakraborty, Owner and Founder of SeeCClothing, Noel Green, Cofounder, Ashgreen Business Services Ltd, Tanya Judd, Cake Maker and Designer, Creation Cakes

10.30am Breakout sessions/workshops (delegates to select one)

1A How to develop and protect a new product idea An overview of the steps involved in developing a new product idea through to production, including Intellectual Property considerations and a brief discussion on licensing versus manufacturing. Alex Lee & Andrew Aylesbury, Duku Design

1B Fail to plan, plan to fail: The benefits of preparing a business plan and the consequences of not bothering Why all start-up business entrepreneurs should prepare a coherent and realistic plan setting out where they would like to take their business over the next 3 years and what information should be included in the document. Nick House, Plan 2 Expand

1C First steps into self-employment Exploring your idea, start your planning and understand the skills needed and regulatory requirements so that you can weigh up the risks and rewards of being your own boss. Michaela Cozens, Gloucestershire Enterprise

11.15am Coffee break - Tea, coffee and informal networking

11.30am Breakout sessions/workshops (delegates to select one)

2A Top 10 sales and marketing tips for start-ups The 10 things every start-up needs to know to transform sales and marketing activity. Rupert Chislett, B2B Leadforce

2b Demystifying start-up finance A wealth of practical information to get you started on the right finance track. Learn how to create solid financial foundations, organise your cashflow & understand the basics of taxation. Kevin Caple & Jody Banks, CapleBanks Wealth Management

2C I have no experience, am I cut out to run my own business?

Do you have what it takes to run your own business? This session will help you explore the mind set of an entrepreneur, what it takes to start your own business and share with you the support available. Basil Omar, University of Gloucestershire

12.15pm Event close*

*Optional tours of the University of Gloucestershire’s Incubation Unit and Gloucestershire College’s Gloucester Campus will be available at 12.15pm. For further information on the Start-Up Gloucester Enterprise Conference, please email gazelle@gloscol.ac.uk

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