Grow Your Business At Free Enterprise Week

February 2-7 workshops, seminars and events

Sign up now to learn from top business leaders at a week of free workshops, seminars and events to help borough businesses flourish.

The theme of the second annual Wandsworth Enterprise Week, which runs from February 2-7, is Start Up, Grow and Accelerate. The event offers help and support to people considering setting up a business in the borough, as well as giving established businesses and existing start-ups support to flourish and grow.

Top speakers will include:
• Tim Campbell – London’s Ambassador for Training and Enterprise and founder of Bright Ideas Trust.
• Jimmy Garcia – former stockbroker-turned-chef dubbed 'London's Pop up King' by the Sunday Times.
• Shaa Wasmund MBE, founder of
Rob and Paul Forkan – brothers who lost their parents in the 2004 Tsumani and went onto to found Gandys Social Enterprise to help other orphans worldwide.
• Nancy Cruickshank – founder of and Myshowcase
• Kiki Evans and Laura Ward - founders of wine-tasting experience company A Grape Night In.
One of the highlights of the week will be the Start Up Wandsworth Business Show. This is aimed at pre-starts and newly established businesses and will feature motivational talks, keynotes and workshops from GLE, Virgin Start up, Companies House, IPO, NatWest and UKTI.

Other free events and workshops held across the borough throughout the week include:
• Food Enterprise
• Women’s Enterprise Day
• Youth Enterprise Day
• How to turn your business idea into a reality
• Digital Skills for the High Street
• Twitter Masterclass
• 7 Steps to Creative Start up
• How to access finance
• Start up Business Surgery
• How to take your food business forward.

Places are free but numbers are limited so must be booked in advance. Priority will be given to Wandsworth businesses and residents. Donations will be requested for the Social Enterprise talk by the Forkan brothers, but this will be donated to their charity.

Wandsworth’s business spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said: “Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community, so I would urge people to tap into the wealth of information and experience on offer during Wandsworth Enterprise Week. We want to give local entrepreneurs the tools to get their own fledgling businesses off the ground, as well as making sure existing companies get the help and advice they need to flourish and grow.”

January 6, 2014