Enterprise Hub Business Start-Up Festival to provide vital support for entrepreneurs

Three weeks of intense business support will help kick-start the next wave of budding entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region.

The Enterprise Hub Business Start-Up Festival will run from January 22 to February 9, and will offer a range of workshops, drop-ins, and advice sessions for anyone thinking of starting a business.

At the heart of the festival will be five free conferences across the region, starting with a Liverpool event at Liverpool Central Library on January 24, followed by similar Enterprise Hub Business Start-Up Conferences in Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, and Halson.

The conferences will feature talks from local entrepreneurs giving people an opportunity to hear about how they went about starting their business, what they have learned along the way, and what advice they would give to others wishing to follow in their footsteps.

They will also feature workshop activities to clarify the processes involved in starting a business.

People can find out more about all the events planned and where to drop into for advice or workshops by following a facebook page (www.facebook.com/MerseyEntHub) that will help them keep in touch with the full range of support that will be on offer.

And the link will provide three live streaming events each Friday during the festival, starting at 1pm, featuring a team of enterprise experts who will run a Q&A session for anyone seeking a bit of quick advice.

This is the first festival of its kind Enterprise Hub has staged since it was launched in December 2015, to support business start-ups across the Liverpool City Region.

It was inspired by the huge success of the Enterprise Hub Start-Up Week last September, opened by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram who said: “New business start-ups are as important as large scale inward investments to growing the Liverpool City Region economy and increasing our prosperity.”

Last September’s Start-Up Week provided support for entrepreneurs, including a Start-Up Day at Liverpool Central Library that offered free advice from successful business leaders and digital giant Google, as well as an entrepreneurs’ clinic by assistant mayor and enterprise champion Cllr Gary Millar.

Some of the comments from attendees on the day ranged from: “Advice given was a great help,” to “inspirational is an understatement.”

This new three-week festival aims to build on the solid foundations that last year’s inaugural Start-Up Week created.

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Hub Project Manager, and Enterprise Director at Liverpool social enterprise The Women’s Organisation, said: “We are so excited to be launching our first Enterprise Hub Business Start-up Festival this year.

“The Liverpool City Region is buzzing with entrepreneurial ideas and talent, and we want to use this opportunity to harness that talent and give people every chance to soak up advice to get their business started.”

She added: “Enterprise Hub has already supported more than 4,000 people across the region to begin to evaluate their ideas and develop new skills, and more than 600 new businesses have successfully launched since Enterprise Hub opened in December 2015 – we can’t wait to help you launch yours.”

Enterprise Hub is working with a variety of delivery partners across the region to roll-out the Business Start-Up Festival, including The Women’s Organisation, Alt Valley Community Trust, Everton Development Trust, Granby Toxteth Development Trust, Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Franchising Works, St Helens Chamber, Wirral Chamber of Commerce, The Prince’s Trust, and SAFE Regeneration.