Free event for entrepreneurs to receive business support
November 14 2013
A free event will give entrepreneurs in North Wales a platform to debate key issues and receive advice from some of the country’s top business leaders.
Glyndŵr University will host Entrepreneurs Wales 2013 tonight (November 14), where independent firms, start-ups and sole traders can garner advice from experts including Andrew Peters from Siemens Drives Technologies, and Alan Bristow, CEO of Icon Corporate Finance.
Held in the Wrexham University’s Catrin Finch Centre, the theme is Making Wales a more entrepreneur-centric place to do business.
Organised by the Welsh Entrepreneurs group on LinkedIn, and the Welsh Government, those in attendance will have the opportunity to network, listen to presentations and lectures and take part in a Q&A.
The evening will be hosted by Sarah Dickins, BBC Wales’ Economic Correspondent and will include a thought-provoking keynote address from Doctor Paul Thomas, Director of DNA Definitive and the BBC Wales Business Doctor.
Walter May, coordinator and founder of the Welsh Entrepreneurs, encouraged fledgling businesses in the region to attend and “find their voice”.
“There are so many types of business in Wales that do not have a voice – whether it be the CBI, FSB or EEF – who have nowhere to turn for help and advice because they are entrepreneurs,” said Walter.
“Many feel isolated and need to find their voice. This is an opportunity to raise issues important to them and receive advice from some of the top business people around.”
Walter added: “The Welsh Government has been a big support and will be there to take all of this in and listen to the ideas and issues raised.
“There is always value in bringing people together but this is also an opportunity to engage with the government and for them to listen and form opinions on what they hear.”
The group addressess four main themes on behalf of entrepreneurs in Wales, namely finance and funding, engaging with big business, engaging with higher education, and entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs.
Building on the success of the Entrepreneurs Wales 2012 conference, Walter is confident the forum provides up-and-coming business owners with a place they can air their views and have them heard by those in power.
“We are definitely giving entrepreneurs a voice through LinkedIn, though some still choose not to take it for whatever reason,” said Walter.
“I know that if we contact (Economy Minister) Edwina Hart she will listen and we can take a delegation of entrepreneurs to Cardiff – she’s been very supportive.”
He added: “We want to build this network up as much as we can and have an even bigger voice, so we need people in North Wales to get behind us.
“This event is free but will be invaluable to entrepreneurs and shows how Glyndŵr University works to support local businesses in the region.”
The event begins at 5.30pm on Thursday November 14. For more information, follow @welsh_entrepren on Twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, join the Welsh Entrepreneurs group on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1cskYk1