Entrepreneurship network celebrates one year milestone
Photo: Glyndŵr University student Nathaniel Wells pitches his business idea to the panel of Wrexham BEN
March 31 2015
A pioneering scheme to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs from deprived areas of Wrexham to start their own business has inspired 20 start-ups within its first year.
The Wrexham Business Entrepreneurship Network launched in the town at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium 12 months ago, led by Welsh Government enterprise champion Askar Sheibani.
It was established following the success of a similar scheme in Flintshire and sees successful local businessmen and women provide mentoring support to those with ambitions of becoming their own boss.
More than 100 people have made contact with Wrexham BEN and businesses set up through the scheme, which is run in partnership with Glyndŵr University, include technology and creative enterprises.
The year celebration was marked at its latest meeting in Hightown Community Centre on Friday March 27.
Askar Sheibani said: “It’s been a brilliant 12 months. Some of the ideas we have seen have been amazing and our role has been to develop them into viable businesses. We’re able to offer help and advice on the marketing and finance side of running a business – these are often the two biggest areas for which they seek our help.
“I’m certain that in front of us over the last year we have seen some new stars of the business world.”
Glyndŵr University students are among those who have sought help from the Wrexham business dragons, signposted to the service by the Zone, the university’s centre for entrepreneurship and extra-curricular activity.
Zone manager Mike Corcoran said: “Wrexham BEN has provided our students with a fantastic outlet to get feedback on their business ideas and help and support moving forward
“It’s one of the many ways in which we encourage students develop entrepreneurship skills and we’re lucky here in Wrexham to be able to put them in touch with such successful business people.”
Glyndŵr University Immersive Computing student, 24-year-old Nathaniel Wells, was the first person to seek help from Wrexham BEN at the Hightown event. He pitched an idea he has for a technology-based research company.
Nathaniel said: “They offered some great advice, encouraging me to narrow my focus a bit to give the business greater strength. It’s a brilliant scheme to be involved with and it’s helped to put me on the right path.”