Would-be entrepreneurs invited to Barnsley business event

Would-be entrepreneurs in South Yorkshire are being invited to a free interactive business event in Barnsley.

The Click Together StartUp2016 event at the Digital Media Centre (DMC) on Saturday January 16 will feature speakers, training workshops and one-to-one coaching, as well as taking live-streaming of sessions at a parallel event in Canary Wharf in London.

Organised by Enterprising Barnsley and UK business start-up experts Enterprise Nation as part of the Click Together programme, the day is aimed at individuals, particularly women, and businesses considering e-commerce, but is open to all would-be entrepreneurs across South Yorkshire, to help them make the most of new Superfast Broadband services being rolled out across the region.

Up to 100 people are expected at the event in Barnsley, with live-streaming from the similar event at KPMG’s headquarters at Canary Wharf, which is expected to attract 4,000.

Tracey Johnson, DMC project director, said: “The event is being held on a Saturday to allow people who would otherwise normally be in work have access to this level of start-up and new business support. The day is all about bringing some of the best business minds together to inspire the businesses of the future.

“As well as hearing from the speakers in the room and being able to take advantage of talking to other experts, delegates in South Yorkshire will be able to tap in to the knowledge of specialists in London.”

After the event Click Together will be running an intensive six-week programme of bespoke mentoring for just ten companies. At the end of the six weeks the companies will be given further business support and access to office space at the DMC for 12 months.

The programme follows on from a pilot scheme which saw 12 entrepreneurs given eight weeks of intensive support. Among them was Julie Nugent, who branched out from her flower shop to run an online vintage-inspired clothing store, and health and social care training company Teach You, which was helped to take its training on line.

Teach You’s managing director Kerri Hull said: “Getting involved with Click was the best thing that could have happened to us and it’s been so liberating.

“We had our e-learning platform built, but the Click programme tackled all of the issues which were stopping us moving forward. We have received training from different specialists, who have all been second to none.”

Funded by the Government Equalities Office’s Women and Broadband programme, the Click Together programme is designed to help as many women-led businesses across South Yorkshire get up and running as possible.

Tracey Johnson said: “The Click Together programme is all about encouraging ambitious individuals with exciting ideas. Barnsley is a great place to do business, no matter what it is you do.

“Whilst focusing on e-commerce, that term no longer refers just to selling actual items, but also services online, such as coaching via Skype or booking appointments via a website. The options are huge.

“We are particularly keen to support women thinking about returning to work who might just need a bit of a helping hand or those who feel like a career change.

“We want to give everyone – the tools they need to build a successful business that fits their lifestyle and interests. More and more people don’t want to work 9-5, and setting up a business online can really help people get the work-life balance right.”

To book on the Click Together StartUp2016 event at the DMC, and to find out more information about the Click Together programme go to www.clicktogether.online

Kerri Hull
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