All we can seem to be certain of at the moment in Britain is that there is lots of uncertainty to come.
The economy may be under a great deal of pressure but it’s incredibly heartening that many businesses are still seeing opportunities rather than obstacles.
Never underestimate your power as an entrepreneur – you can take the country forward and play a huge role in its future direction. Nearly half of all private sector turnover in the UK is down to small businesses and they employ 15.7 million people at the last count.
So it’s time for small businesses to get back to business. Is now the right time? Well, in our early days of business, the basic interest percent was 18 per cent and we were paying 22 per cent to borrow if we were lucky, so now is certainly easier than then. You’ll never know unless you give it a go – or as I like to say: ‘Screw it – let’s do it!’
Virgin Media Business is on the lookout for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to our panel of experts at each Voom Tour stop.
The business festival is touring the country on a big red bus and there’s £5,000 up for grabs at each stop, along with the chance to brunch with yours truly to discuss business ideas.
The next tour stops are Manchester (September 6th-7th) and Birmingham (September 28th). The bus will then visit Cardiff (October 5th) and Hampshire (October 19th), followed by Glasgow (November 2nd) and lastly Dundee (November 9th).
It’s a great opportunity to promote your business and get some free publicity. There will also be 1-to-1s with other experts such as Virgin StartUp, Crowdfunder, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, JCDecaux and LinkedIn. Whether you’re looking to start, grow or scale there’s advice available.
The best thing – it’s all free. You can register to pitch your idea or just come along to network and get advice at any one of the events. There’s nothing better than bouncing ideas around over a free coffee. Find out more and register to pitch here: virginmediabusiness.co.uk/voom.
Launching a new business takes determination and dedication and for those who manage to get their idea off the ground it can be incredibly rewarding. The Virgin brand was born out of entrepreneurial spirit and it’s great to be involved in the Voom Tour 2017. I enjoyed being one of five judges on the Voom Pitch panel last year alongside Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely, Marcus Butler and Peter Kelly.
We had to pick two winners and it was a challenging task – there were so many great entrepreneurial ideas. After 750,000 votes from the public and the final pitches, we crowned the winners – MacRebur and Bio-Bean.
MacRebur have an innovative road-building technology that uses waste plastic to fortify and build roads. This makes them stronger, safer and stops the plastic being sent to landfill. I can’t wait to see roads built with this in the future.
Bio-Bean is another innovative business idea –industrialising the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. I’m always impressed when entrepreneurs manage to create something out of seemingly nothing, especially when it has a big sustainability focus.
With so many of the finalists focused on social good and running businesses that have the potential to change the world, it showed just how important start-ups are for our future.
I hope these two stories of success have given you some inspiration and I hope to see you on the tour – for more details on the upcoming events head to: virginmediabusiness.co.uk/voom
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