The StartUp Britain bus

If you own, or dream of owning a small business that has the potential to become a big business, you’ll want to catch the bus that’s coming to Sunderland on Thursday.  This is the StartUp Britain bus, which will be at the eVolve Technology Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and at the North East Business Innovation Centre from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The bus is the traveling version of a private initiative, backed (but not funded) by David Cameron and the HM government, that aims to encourage and assist in the creation of new businesses all over the UK.  Launched in March this year, StartUp Britain is the brainchild of a group of business owners who are willing to share their experience and accumulated knowledge as entrepreneurs who have made a go of it.

Sponsors and backers of the initiative include Intel, Microsoft, Barclays, PayPal, AXA, Dell, Intuit and MITIE.  Representatives from the different companies will be joining the bus tour along the way to provide advice and special offers to budding entrepreneurs in all sorts of enterprises.  Business advice ranging from opening back accounts and managing money to online trading and much more will be on tap from experts in various fields.

As we’ve all been hearing for several years, small business is, or should be, the backbone of the UK’s economy.  StartUp Britain is targeting students and entrepreneurs as well as those who are already in business for themselves and looking for useful tips on how to improve and expand.  The organisation’s founders believe that there is a wealth of opportunity for ideas to become realities – with a little help from those some of those who have already succeeded in that endeavor.

Aboard the bus are not only the sponsor companies’ experts but local business ‘stars’ and members of the founding team.  A “Meet the Editor” session gives tips from local editors on how to get noticed in the press, and there’s a travelling shop and a library of valuable resources for starting up a business in the local area or anywhere else in the country.  The bus will be touring the UK through August and September, stopping at schools and universities as well as business centres.