Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009
Entrepreneurs can access advice on surviving the recession at a range of events across the UK during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week.
From 16th to 22nd November, entrepreneurs can attend conferences, seminars, advice sessions and workshops addressing issues including finance, marketing and creating links with businesses overseas. Most events are free to attend.
In the UK, the week is organised by Enterprise UK, but events will also be hosted by other organisations, including the British Library, UK Trade & Investment, Everywoman and the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies (NFEA). The British Library is launching the week, hosting events such as a free seminar on Identifying International Markets.
“The week will be focusing on how entrepreneurs can help to drive global economic recovery,”
said Enterprise UK spokesman, Alex Goldup.
“Through the events, entrepreneurs can gain the knowledge and skills they need to survive the downturn, and make connections with other businesses in the UK and globally.”
Three themed days are also scheduled to take place during the week.
“Wednesday is Women’s Enterprise Day, Thursday is Social Enterprise Day and Friday is Home Enterprise Day,” said Goldup. “This gives entrepreneurs in these groups a chance to focus on the particular issues that affect them.”
On Wednesday 18th November, women’s business support group Everywoman is hosting its national conference in London as part of Women’s Enterprise Day. On Thursday 19th November, The Guardian Social Enterprise 09 conference will take place in Birmingham, focusing on the role social enterprises can play in helping to deliver public sector services.
Other events taking place during the week include a telephone networking event in the South East, which allows businesses to network via a nationwide conference call, Fairfax’s Got Talent social enterprise competition in the West Midlands, a Growing Your Business workshop in Ipswich, and the Could You Be a Million Maker young enterprise competition in Blackpool.
The NFEA said that enterprise agencies around the country will be holding workshops on starting a business, finance, marketing, women’s enterprise, diversification and sales.
“The 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week will do a great deal to raise awareness of enterprise across the country,”
said NFEA chief executive, George Derbyshire.
“Entrepreneurs can be, and should be, supported on every step of their business journey.”
For more information about events taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit www.gew.org.uk/events