Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News: Enterprise bus tour to stop in Rotherham


StartUp Britain's double-decker bus will visit Rotherham next month, carrying a team of business experts, mentors, authors and entrepreneurs to get face-to-face with the increasing number of young people hoping to set up a business.

The national enterprise campaign is touring the country to deliver information and application details to the 10,000 young people it hopes to come into contact with, about the £82m StartUp Loans scheme for people aged 18 to 24, announced earlier this year. There will be an opportunity to apply for the loan on board the bus and everyone will receive a free StartUp Loans Kit with a guide on how to start a business and over £200 of StartUp offers.

The bus will be stopping at the town centre campus of Rotherham College of Arts and technology (RCAT) on the afternoon of November 5.

Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain, said: "We are seeing more and more young people setting up businesses. Research has shown eight out of ten young people think about setting up a business these days as a career path, or a way to turn a hobby into a money-spinning idea.

"These young people represent the future of business and our economic prosperity – that's why it's so important to offer them support by delivering the message that they can set up a business, there is support out there for them – and that we'll be with them every step of the way, cheering loudly!"

Lord Young, the Prime Minister's Enterprise Adviser said: "Many young people have the drive and ambition to create a business, yet don't know how to put this into action. The StartUp Britain bus tour will do much to connect many of them to the support they need as well as help them sign up for a StartUp Loan. In doing so, it will help to transform the enterprise potential of a new generation."

The tour is sponsored by .CO Internet, the company behind the fast-growing .CO domain and the Gazelle Colleges Group, a network of 19 colleges committed to fostering entrepreneurialism in the Further Education sector. The start-up campaign is backed by top firms, including Dell, Intel, Intuit, AXA, PayPal and Magento Go, who will all be on board the bus.

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