6 May 2016

Is the government doing enough to support budding entrepreneurs?

I would be surprised if anyone answered yes. It is undeniable that there is a big gap between what is needed in business and what we receive – especially in the north of England.entrepreneurs' exchange

However, I was heartened to hear of an event later this month, orchestrated by the government and in partnership with HSBC that brings together 40 top entrepreneurs at events across the country.

The Entrepreneurs’ Exchange brings together the people behind brands including Ted Baker, Ann Summers, Tangle Teezer, Carphone Warehouse, Mumsnet and Net-A-Porter.

Each event, running concurrently at 19 UK locations, has a selection of these speakers who will share their experience, knowledge and advice to give people the confidence to take the leap and set up their own businesses.

What a great idea! The event will collate the national conversation that it hopes to generate with the hashtag #BritishEntrepreneurs.

The event is also in partnership with Exporting is GREAT, which aims to inspire and support 100,000 additional UK businesses to sell their goods and services overseas by 2020. I am hoping to see this address the growing fears of the effect that Brexit will have on selling outside of the UK, but perhaps that is a different conversation altogether.

I am honoured to have been asked to speak at the Liverpool event – exchanging my comfort zone of Manchester for a new city. I’ll be sharing my advice, top tips and experience at the event – if you’re attending, please feel free to drop me any questions that you would like me to address on social media or in the comments below.

It’s going to be an extraordinary evening, and I am truly looking forward to discovering the stories of the 39 other entrepreneurs. Learning from each other is an essential part of entrepreneurship.

You can register for the event, on 18th May, on the Entrepreneurs’ Exchange website.

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