Banking for a new business, securing finance and exploring export markets were the subject topics discussed on day one of Business Startup 2011.
#bstartup Banking for a new business, securing finance and exploring export markets were the subject topics discussed on day one of Business Startup 2011 as keynote speakers including Kevin Hart of Sage, Chris Barnardo of The Wand Company and Business XL editor Joe McGrath took to the stage.
Day two has seen seminars from Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Doug Richard, Lisa Rodwell of business cards retailer Moo.com, and ex-Apprentice candidate and former property developer Jamie Lester.
Growthbusiness.co.uk was there to find out what people attending the event have enjoyed.
‘I thought the most useful seminar yesterday was the ‘how to start up a business from you bedroom’ by Stuart Jolley, it showed that its more accessible than you might think.’
‘I’ve just enjoyed all of the exhibitors here. I’ve been walking round finding out all the different kinds of services that are there for start-up businesses, I think there is a really good mix here
I’m here with as part of my job to see what’s on offer. I think it’s really daunting to start-up a business in general, but by the looks of it the workshops on web-design and social media look really interesting. I think the advice people get here will put them at ease a bit, and its great that it’s a free event’
‘I’ve just started up an online retail business so am here today looking for marketing and advertising advice. The seminars yesterday from Amanda Poole on ‘Marketing on a shoestring’ and Samuel Hawksby-Robinson on ‘Get the best for your ecommerce business’ were pretty helpful with that. But it’s so big that it’s going to be hard to try and see everything!’
‘The seminars are what I am here for. I’ve been to the ones on business plans and how to record. There was some very useful stuff there. My small business is in software with mathematics so I was hoping that there was going to be a bit more to do with high tech businesses, but I don’t think there are many people here looking for that.’
‘I’ve been here for both days and found the seminar on intellectual property and branding interesting. It was very detailed and explained just how the system works, how to protect it and why. I went to see Stuart Jolley and found out all the secrets from the TV show that he was on. This is the first time I’ve been here.’
‘There has been quite a lot of overlap in the seminars, speakers seem to be gong over the same stuff. The Federation for Small Businesses hall has had some good speakers, especially the talk from Gordon Banks yesterday. He gave some good finance advice’