The biggest business Start-up show ever staged in Shropshire


Enterprise Nation is set to host an event at Shrewsbury College for start-up entrepreneurs as part of a UK-wide show with audiences of thousands up and down the country.

StartUp 2016 is a free event with 300 tickets available for students and budding entrepreneurs of all ages from Telford & Shropshire to help them start the New Year in entrepreneurial style.

There will be keynote presentations by local entrepreneurs, information on accelerator schemes, Twitter training, advice on overseas trading, start-up finance, free website design and ‘Hot Seats’ available for attendees to gain professional development specific to their business at the event.

Officially launched by The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny, StartUp 2016 opens its doors at Clayton Hall, Shrewsbury College at 11am on Saturday, 16 January.

Attendees will be able to share in the success and gain start-up advice from local business founders who have their ventures based in both Telford & Shropshire and Shrewsbury College students will discover that becoming an entrepreneur is now the low-risk career choice with the UK economy moving fast towards a large part of the workforce being self-employed.

Small businesses make up 95per cent of all businesses in this country with 2016 predicted to be a record-breaking year for new start-ups as people take advantage of increasing broadband access, low start-up costs and the vast amount of help for start-ups via Enterprise Nation.

Enterprise Nation provides annual business support membership for small business owners and for delegates at STARTUP 2016 there is a half price offer at £15 which will buy a full year of benefits worth over £1000.

Fay Easton, Regional Champion for Enterprise Nation said: “This county has the fastest growing numbers of start-ups in the region and we’re promoting entrepreneurship and the concept of ‘making your own job’ and ‘being your own boss’ at the start of this boom year to provide inspiration and information and enable people to launch their new businesses with the benefit of great advice, new contacts and access to the invaluable help at Enterprise Nation.”

Ted Coxon, Commercial Manager at Shrewsbury College, said: “We are thrilled to have been approached by Fay about hosting this extremely worthwhile event at the College. We have a large exhibition space with plenty of free parking – and a large number of students who are hoping to become entrepreneurs of the future. Many of them will be assisting with the event as well as coming along to hear some inspiring talks and get information.”

To register for the STARTUP 2016 event free tickets go to:

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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