'All aboard to set up a new business'

The days of centralist and inert campaigns to encourage more people to work for themselves – exactly as freelancers do – will this month be shown the back of a bus – literally!

Start-up Britain, led by entrepreneurs for budding entrepreneurs, is revving a traditional red double-decker for a four-week long road tour that makes its first stop at Earls Court in London today.

Intending to visit 10,000 students at 40 colleges and universities across the country, the bus has an on-board team of business experts and mentors ready to inspire education-leavers to ‘go it alone’.

It will also deliver information and application details about the £82m StartUp Loans scheme for people aged 18 to 24, announced by the government earlier this year.

As well as being able to start the process to take out a loan on the bus, those boarding it will also receive a free guide to setting up their own business, in addition to being able to talk to the experts about specific queries.

Established freelancers and business consultants contemplating a Plan B will hope to hop aboard too, as the bus’s Start-up Kit includes over £200-worth of offers for new businesses.

More information about the tour, including the full list of colleges and universities en-route, is available on the Start-up Britain website, where individuals can also reserve their seats.

Cover photo attributed to City College Norwich.

 

15th October 2012

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