Week-long series of events for aspiring Mersey entrepreneurs

Organised by Enterprise Hub, Start up and Grow Week will run from September 16 to September 20 offering practical support and advice for anyone thinking of starting or growing a new business

Enterprise Hub
‘Start up and Grow Week’ is being organised by Enterprise Hub


Enterprise Hub is bringing a week-long line-up of business training, support and events to the Liverpool city region to support new entrepreneurs next week.

Start up and Grow Week will run from September 16 to September 20 across the region, offering practical support and advice for anyone thinking of starting or growing a new business.

The Enterprise Hub team has developed a programme of events that will offer a series of workshops, networking opportunities with like-minded and successful entrepreneurs, and talks to develop enterprising skills and support new businesses to grow.

The initiative will call on the expertise and skills of Enterprise Hub partners from across the Liverpool city region. This includes events from lead partner, The Women’s Organisation, as well as Merseyside Expanding Horizons, Wirral Chamber and St Helens Chamber.

Enterprise Hub is also joining forces with Natwest Business and Liverpool Central Library Business and IP Centre to host Start Up Conference: Getting Started as an Entrepreneur on Thursday, September 19, 10am to 1pm. The event will give budding entrepreneurs the chance to hear from local business people about their start-up journeys.

Claire Morton of Ell & Dee Consultancy, who was recently named as Merseyside Women of the Year’s Entrepreneur of the Year, will be speaking alongside digital guru Ruth Hartnoll from J&R Agency who has grown her business since launching with Enterprise Hub last year and is currently recruiting for her second full-time member of staff.

Ruth Hartnoll
Ruth Hartnoll, owner of Liverpool digital marketing agency J&R. Picture by Robert Peet


MSIF Finance Hub Facilitator, George Wright, will also be on hand to talk about the support available to SMEs. MSIF provides a range of funding, predominantly supporting businesses across the Liverpool city region and surrounding areas, with funding options available from as little as £500 to £2m+.

This will be followed by a special afternoon of Facebook Digital Skills Training from Extraordinary Club. This session is aimed at exploring building a web presence and developing the all-important social media skills as part of the The Digital Skills Programme – a Europe-wide initiative led by technology giant Facebook.

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Hub project manager, and Eenterprise director at Enterprise Hub lead partner, The Women’s Organisation, said: “Since launching Enterprise Hub in 2015 we have seen an incredible array of talented and resourceful aspiring entrepreneurs come through our doors who have gone on to establish truly amazing businesses of all shapes and sizes.

We know that fundamental to this success is the value that business experience, support and insight can bring to these new, up-and-coming ventures, which allows them to scale their ideas to become a commercial enterprise of real substance which not only sustains itself, but eventually grows to support other jobs, and like-minded business partners.

Jackie Williams
The Women’s Organisation enterprise director, Jackie Williams


She added: “The whole point of our September Start up and Grow Week is to ensure that as many new and budding entrepreneurs as possible get the best advice and support so that they can navigate those tricky early years.”

Richard Horrocks, a specialist officer at Liverpool Central Library, which will be hosting a start-up conference as part of the week, added: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Enterprise Hub’s Business Start-Up Conference and Facebook Digital Skills Session as part of Start-up and grow week.  We know from our users’ feedback just how popular Enterprise Hub events such as these are and how useful attendees find them in providing inspiration and great advice.”

Click here to find out more and see the full programme of events

Events may carry an eligibility criteria and booking will be essential. Individuals or businesses looking for more advice and support can contact the Enterprise team to find out more via: 0151 706 8133 or by emailing  enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk

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