Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 – Get Connected

From 17 – 23 of November, as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) sets out to inspire people everywhere to explore their potential as business self-starters and innovators, we can announce a trio of events taking place during the week.

These aim to appeal both to local aspiring entrepreneurs who are considering launching their own business and established entrepreneurs who are looking to take their business to the next level.

The GEW activities, which will take place at The Hive, are all part of this year’s theme – Get Connected – and will include:

  • Wednesday 19 November – An Ask The Experts event at 5,30 p.m. organised by North Somerset Business Club and sponsored by the National Enterprise Network and Llloyds Bank will offer access to experts from a variety of business sectors – including legal, accountancy, training, PR and social media plus North Somerset Council’s economic development team – who will answer questions and offer free advice.
  • Thursday 20 November – A financial planning clinic enabling attendees to enjoy one-to-one advice on financial issues and questions from Chartered Accountant Tony James, a specialist in business services for SMEs (free to pre-start businesses and those trading less than a year, £40 including VAT for those trading over a year.
  • Saturday 22 November – ‘Start Up Saturday’ offering people with a business idea they would like to explore the opportunity to attend a free 2 hour (10.30 am – 12.30 pm) awareness event to find out how to prepare themselves, their business idea and their finances. Run by an experienced NSEA business advisor, the event will help look at how to find out if self-employment is right for you, the pros and cons of being your own boss and the sources of help that exist to provide the support, grounding and confidence needed to be successful.

Chief Executive Angela Hicks says, NSEA is proud to partner Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, which is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and is now celebrated in 140 countries. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

“This year’s theme “Get Connected” is important because for many people, the thought of starting up their own business is overwhelming, and many don’t make it to the next stage because they don’t make the right connections.” explains Angela.

“This is a real tragedy because it is the innovators and job creators who launch start-up businesses that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

“Here in North Somerset we are fortunate to have fantastic resources to assist local businesses to start up and grow and a supportive business community. By bringing them together we hope to help more businesses to bring their ideas to life, to learn and grow, and we look forward to doing so in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.”

For more information or to book places at the GEW events contact Hazel Wintle at NSEA on 01934 418 118 or email