Small Business Week 2008 ready to Launch
Free advice clinics, web seminars, podcasts and roundtable discussions about current business issues are among the dozens of items on the agenda for Small Business Week from 13 to 17 October.
The annual event, intended to raise the profile of the UK’s 4.6 million small businesses, will be launched at the BT Tower on Monday 13 October with the release of a new report, The State of the Small Business Nation, and a speech by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.
Following this will be five days of events for small business–owners, presented by experts from businesses, business support organisations and industry and advisory bodies. These will include a breakfast briefing in Birmingham by Everywoman, the Business South West 2008 show in Exeter, a local business seminar in Dumfries and a flexible working lunch in Liverpool.
Web seminars will address a different business theme each day and a number of publications will be launched throughout the week, including Enterprise Nation’s Home Business Report and a variety of business guides.
The week is a collaboration between industry, government, and business bodies, such as BT, Everywoman, the British Chambers of Commerce, Everywoman and Business Link.
“National Small Business Week 2008 demonstrates to small firms that they have a committed group of supporters with the resources available to help them prosper,” said BCC director general David Frost.
“Together we are capable of making a real difference to the millions of existing small businesses,” he added. “We can also create further opportunities for entrepreneurs and enterprising people looking to pursue their ambitions.”
Throughout Small Business Week, a series of online events will take place on the Small Business Week website. These will be dedicated to exploring the issues small businesses face, sharing perspectives on the state of the small business nation, exploring what SMEs need in order to survive and thrive in today and tomorrow’s business world and giving access to practical resource and advice to do this.
For information on events and guides, visit the Small Business Week website