Conference will offer advice to new businesses

Business leaders sign up to fight business rates.       Left to right -  Alex Till, James Talbot, Andrew Denny, Ruth Brady and Tim Meadow-Smith.
Business leaders sign up to fight business rates. Left to right - Alex Till, James Talbot, Andrew Denny, Ruth Brady and Tim Meadow-Smith.
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PEOPLE with emerging business ideas will be offered vital advice about getting started at a conference to be staged at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on May 14.

Organised by StartUp Suffolk in collaboration with the Bury St Edmunds Business Festival, the event will bring together experienced entrepreneurs, business suppliers and not-for-profit organisations who will provide comprehensive advice for those with a business idea, those who are starting up a business project and new businesses wanting to grow.

There will also be a Question Time-style debate on key topics, including sources of funding, managing cash and generating demand.

More than 20 experienced entrepreneurs will be taking part in the conference, which is being sponsored by Lloyds TSB, Lovewell Blake, New Media Business Group and volunteer speakers.

Tim Meadows-Smith, who runs New Media Business Group based at Woolpit, is the new StartUp Suffolk champion and will be working to get more people thinking about starting their own business or growing their young business.

The businessman, who in the 1980s brought Haagen-Dazs ice-cream to the UK, said: “Starting a new business is one of the most exciting things you can do to make a positive contribution towards your own wealth and that of the local economy.

“It is also a difficult, sometimes lonely and frustrating challenge that leaves all-to-many failing to realise their dreams. I am delighted that so many entrepreneurs are willing to share their experience.”

StartUP Suffolk was launched following last year’s successful business festival in Bury which was visited by the StartUp Britain bus.

There will be a discount entry of £35 for the first 500 pre- start, under two year-old-start ups or businesses with under £100,000 a year turnover.

More information on the event can be found at www.StartUpSuffolk.co.uk