StartUp Britain: All aboard the start-up bus!

The StartUp Britain team are ready to belt up and hit the road on a special entrepreneurial bus tour of Britain. The StartUp bus comes complete with experts, mentors, entrepreneurs and small business authors, travelling to locations including Brighton, Cambridge, Birmingham, Sheffield and York, in an on-going pursuit to encourage budding entrepreneurs in all areas of Britain to start-up their own businesses.

The tour will be joined by StartUp Britain's founding sponsors: AXA, Barclays, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Microsoft, MITIE and PayPal, who will each be giving specialist business advice and discounts to entrepreneurs across the UK.

Sally Revell, Head of Marketing at Intuit UK says: "Small businesses form the backbone of Britain and what better way of supporting and encouraging these entrepreneurs than by providing our expert advice on how they can best manage their finances.

"Not only will this tour give vital help to start-ups and small businesses up and down the country, but it will spur them on to give the UK the economic boost that it needs."

One of the key stops on the tour will be a visit to MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield on 22 September, where Secretary of State for Business, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, will be opening the festival to over 2,500 delegates.

The StartUp Britain bus will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs - many of whom are sole traders - to come and get valuable advice and support - for free! Di Mayze, founder of start-up business BuggyTug and a local ambassador of StartUp Britain, thinks that the project could be a real life-line for solo business owners.

"Working by yourself at home, like I and many other start-ups do, can be quite lonely," he says. It's brilliant to not only bring start-ups together, but more importantly offer them much needed support and advice. I'm very much looking forward to being on the StartUp Britain bus tour in Nottingham."

Emma Jones, co-founder and interim chief executive of StartUp Britain, sums up her hopes for the road trip: "Thanks to help and support from our local StartUp champions, this tour allows us to take StartUp Britain across Britain. The bus will travel from north to south and east to west loaded with business experts, start-up advice and valuable offers.

"We will be meeting with students and helping them turn ideas into ventures and we'll be visiting employees moving from employment into self-employment. I look forward to welcoming hundreds of start-ups and small businesses on board!"

The bus will be visiting regional enterprise and innovation centres, as well as schools and universities across Britain. Once on board the bus, entrepreneurs will receive mentoring, business advice and take part in speed networking sessions from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

For more details and to register interest in boarding the bus, please visit the campaign website at http://www.startupbritain.org/summerbustour/

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