With small businesses now accounting for 99.9 percent of the UK’s private sector there’s no doubt that new business is key to the health of the UK economy. Start-ups are also crucial to who we are as an organisation. At Dell we work closely with SMBs helping them to find the right technology to support their business and ensuring they have the support in place to get the most out of their IT. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to get involved with the StartUp Brtain Summer Bus Tour which kicked off this week.
Throughout August and September, the StartUp Britain campaign team will travel on the bus – complete with business experts, mentors, entrepreneurs and small business authors – to 14 locations across the country to encourage budding entrepreneurs in all areas of Britain to start their own businesses.
As a sponsoring partner of StartUp Britain we’re keen to be part of what we believe is an invaluable resource for anyone looking for help and advice on kick-starting their own business. I’ll be onboard the StartUp bus to provide practical tips on what technology best suits the needs of start-ups and how it can solve the various challenges SMBs face.
At each region we visit, we’ll also be giving away a free Dell Vostro business laptop with the latest i5 Intel processor worth £650 to one lucky winner. Make sure you come along to one of the regional stops to be in with a chance of winning.
Don’t miss upcoming footage of the Summer Bus Tour on the Direct2Dell blog courtesy of our official bus tour reporter, Lorna Bladen. She’ll be speaking with the staff at StartUp Britain to find out more about how it’s helping UK start-ups and why it’s important to get the right technology for a new business.
This week we’re also proud to announce our involvement with the Startup America Partnership. Check out our reasons for getting involved in supporting both entrepreneurship organisations here.
Hope to see you there!
Dates for your Diary:
Monday 22nd August
- Bristol (Morning): 9am -11.30am: PaintWorks Bristol, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH
- Cardiff (Afternoon): 1pm – 4pm: Queen Street/Churchill Way, Cardiff (next to Capitol Shopping Centre)
Tuesday 23rd August
- Birmingham: 10am-4pm: Victoria Square
Wednesday 24th August
- Liverpool (Morning): 9-12pm: Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Nicholas Place, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1QW
- Manchester (Afternoon): 1pm – 4pm: Manchester Science Park, Lloyd Street North, Manchester, M15 6SE
Thursday 25th August
- Sunderland: 10-11am: e-volve Business Centre, Sunderland City Council, Cygnet Way, Rainton Bridge South Business Park, DH4 5QY
- Sunderland: 12 – 4pm: North East Business Innovation Centre, Wearfield, Enterprise Park East, Sunderland, SR5 2TA.
Friday 26th August
- Nottingham (Morning): 9am – 11.30am: Antenna, Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
- London (Afternoon): 3pm – 6pm: smallcarBIGCITY 'Entrepreneurship Hotspot Tour' – Waterloo Place, between 16-23 Pall Mall, Westminster
Monday 19th September
- Brighton: 9am – 12pm: Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
Tuesday 20th September
- Hampshire (Morning): 9-11.30am: Enterprise Day at Nokia
- Suffolk (Afternoon): 2pm – 5pm: Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Wednesday 21st September
- Wolverhampton (Morning): 10am – 12pm: Wolverhampton Science Park, Technology Centre, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU
- Shropshire (Afternoon): 1pm – 4pm: The International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH
Thursday 22nd September
- Sheffield: 9am – 6pm: MADE Festival, Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LH
Friday 23rd September
- York: 11am – 4pm: York St John University