More Support for Start-ups

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has teamed up with Staples as a new partner to support its business start-up pack.

The timely partnership will mean all start-ups that join the BCC will now receive a 20 per cent discount voucher* to spend at their local Staples store, helping to give new British businesses a boost.

The pack, initially launched to help start-ups during their crucial first year, has been extended to take into account the new challenges that companies are now facing. Part of the development involves the commitment from Staples to support the initiative, which has already won the backing of RBS Group, Blackberry, Dell, Microsoft, BT and AXA.

BCC Managing Director John Dunsmure said:

“Staples understands what businesses need in terms of stationery and office supplies and its 137 stores are committed to working with Chambers across the UK to do what they can to make life easier for new companies. Special discounts will be a part of this. Staples will also support our Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009, which acts as real inspiration for new business people.

"There are a number of great busiesses that got their big break in the toughest economic climate. Businesses born in recession also learn to manage the fundamentals critical to turn start-ups into long term success stories: cash-flow control, sales, cost effective marketing, supply chain efficiency. Our role is to help make sure this happens by providing as much practical support as possible and the pack is just one way we can do this.”

During the last 12 months Staples has developed a number of services as a direct result of feedback from small businesses, including an email document printing service and business cards while you wait facility.

Staples Head of Marketing Yetunde Ige added:

“We all know how tough things are but there’s no doubt that there are opportunities for small entrepreneurial businesses as long as they have the right help. Our partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce will be a key part of our 2009 small business support programme and we hope other organisations will see the value of getting involved.”

*The 20 per cent off voucher is valid when £50 or more is spent in-store and is subject to terms and conditions clearly printed on the voucher. It is not valid online.

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