THE ENTERPRISE REVOLUTION
It has been a very special few weeks on which to end 2015, which has been an exciting and eventful year for BBV and our clients.
We were delighted to be part of the official launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week which this year took place in Manchester for the first time. Over 100 people attended the event which provided a great opportunity to network with other successful entrepreneurs and learn about the help and support available to new start-ups. In recognition of our contribution to this special event, BBV was selected as a winner of the High Impact Award for 2015.
Self-employment in the UK has been increasing since 2000, and now stands at 4.6 million people, representing 15% of total employment. BBV is proud to play its part in this enterprise revolution by delivering the important Start & Grow programme, as part of Cavendish Enterprise.
Start & Grow is funded by the Regional Growth Fund and delivers support and training to potential entrepreneurs across England. The programme is available to those looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start up financing will be required to get the venture off the ground.
Start & Grow is designed to accelerate business growth ambitions and lead to increased turnover, profitability, job creation, and business expansion. If you measure up to this challenge, and would like to know more, we would love to hear from you.
BBV is also the appointed delivery agent in the North West for Virgin StartUp. Over the last twelve months we have supported 80 entrepreneurs with loans in excess of £700k. We were delighted to have the opportunity of introducing two of these clients to Sir Richard Branson during his recent visit to Manchester. As the founder of the Virgin Group of companies which have expanded into so many sectors, Sir Richard is certainly one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, so it was a real privilege to meet him.
Helen and Adam Walker of Twiceley an ingenious way to sell premium pre-owned clothes and Deborah Todd of ZAAZEE, a stylish women’s sportswear brand were also invited to meet Sir Richard and chat to him about their businesses and what they have achieved.
Shopping locally and supporting small retailers was the theme of Small Business Saturday which again raised the profile of entrepreneurs. Most people in the UK either own a small business, or work for a small business or know someone who does, with 99.3% of all businesses having less than 49 employees. And it is not really surprising when you consider that according to recent research by the RSA people choose self-employment for a variety of reasons, including greater freedom, and more control in their work/life balance.
To end this amazing year we were back in London for the 2015 Annual Conference of the National Enterprise Network, of which BBV is proud to have been a member of the past 33 years. Whilst we have seen many incarnations of enterprise support over these last three decades our original mission and values remain the same as when BBV started in 1983:-
“To be an outstanding business support organisation, known for our honesty, integrity, and passionate support for enterprise in all its many aspects”.
We constantly strive to provide intensive support for new business start-ups, and to provide a first class service to our many clients. It is a great privilege and joy to see the success that so many people achieve when they invest in themselves.
So as we end 2015 and move into a New Year our resolution is to live bravely, believe in the future, and always be prepared to try something different.
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