Business start-up research sessions
Let us start by quoting something in today’s Santander Startup newsletter.
While almost 33% of 18 to 24-year olds in the UK have started or are considering starting a business, 50% say they have been hampered in their attempts to actually get their business idea off the ground – according to research from the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) published today.
Of 230 18-24 year-olds surveyed, 61% cited a lack of finance as the biggest barrier to starting up, followed by a lack of business knowledge (40%), a lack of time (32%) and a lack of good contacts (28%).
In the 10 years I have been assisting people start a business in Blackpool, I believe that a lack of research is the single biggest reason why some businesses fail.
With this in mind, Blackpool Council is launching a unique initiative during Global Entrepreneurship Week to help local residents who are considering starting their own business.
Get Started in conjunction with Blackpool Libraries are providing an opportunity for start-ups to explore their business idea online using the library facilities, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November.
Held in libraries across the town, potential business owners can research their ideas and explore their potential during drop-in sessions.
Help will also be on hand for those that would like to talk through their business proposals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The drop-in sessions will be held from 1-3pm at Central Library and 2-4pm at Moor Park Library on Tuesday 15 November, between 2-4pm at Palatine Library on Wednesday 16 November, from 1-3pm at Revoe Library and 2-4pm at Anchorsholme Library on Thursday 17 November, and 2-4pm at Layton Library on Friday 18 November.
The Get Started service, based at the Enterprise Centre, is now in its tenth year and has assisted over 1,000 businesses to start trading.
Whether you are someone that has an interest in crafts and fancy selling your work online or have practical skills such as building or carpentry and can offer a handyman service, the Get Started message has always been that anyone can start a business. All you need is an idea, an opportunity, and the will to make it happen.
Debbie Leech, a fully qualified massage therapist, said: “Get Started gave me the confidence to start a business and with some initiative and forward thinking, and support from my family, I am now the proud owner of my own therapy salon.
“Get Started have supported me from day one and recently assisted with training on how to gain online and social media presence. It makes such a difference when you are a sole trader to know someone is there for you.
Aaron Dickinson, gardener, said: “I wasn’t sure where to start and contacted the Get Started team for guidance.
“They were a great help with getting everything ready, planning how it would work and making sure I understood about self-employment. The council also supported me to access funding from the Start-Up Loan company – this allowed me to invest in professional equipment.”
So what are you waiting for?
Ring 01253477147 and ask for more details.
or visit http://www.blackpoolunlimited.com