The Virgin Media Business VOOM Bus is heading straight to Manchester to help budding North West entrepreneurs reach their full potential.
The Virgin Media Business VOOM bus will make stops in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Hampshire, Glasgow and Dundee before the end of the year – and then in Edinburgh in January 2018.
Stockport businesses can be one of the first to catch the tour bus as it arrives in Manchester on September 6th and 7th, where the big red bus will be in Exchange Square from 10am to 5pm
The bus will host one-to-one business advice for the region’s entrepreneurs from experts including ICAEW, JCDecaux, LinkedIn and Crowdfunder.
There will also be the chance to catch up with previous VOOM finalists – at the Manchester stop Luke Massie, founder of Lancashire based Vibe Tickets will be joining a panel discussion.
Plus, business owners could take home £5,000 and an invitation to brunch with Richard Branson in the live pitching competition. Sign up before August 30th to be in with a chance of pitching.
Voom Pitch: the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitching competition. Voom Pitch gives start-ups the chance to pitch to Richard Branson and win a share of £1million (€1.2million) in prizes.
The Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said:
“The VOOM Tour is coming to seek out the brilliant entrepreneurs and ideas and help break down the barriers to business success. The aim is to help them put aside their fears and take the next steps on what could be the most significant journey of their business life.”
Research from Virgin Media Business shows that a third of North Westerners think that they have had a great idea for a new business – but 62 per cent of this group have failed to capitalise on that and turn it into a reality. The top reasons for not doing anything about their business ideas were: not having any idea about how to start, not knowing where to get funding, and not having the confidence in securing money to get off the ground.
Virgin Media Business managing director Peter Kelly said:
“Whether you’ve already started a business and want some help, or need advice to help get a brand new venture off the ground, the VOOM Tour is the perfect platform to prepare your business for the big time.
“We hope to see as many of Stockport and Greater Manchester’s business community as possible join us in Exchange Square on the 6th and 7th September.”