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Forest Enterprise Fair

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Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs Enterprise Fair 2013It had always been one of the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs project’s aims to host a significant event locally to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of all things around ‘business start-up’.

We decided to host an event that would do three main things:

  1. celebrate success stories from our own business start up schemes
  2. provide support and advice to people wanting to start their own business
  3. provide a range of interesting and inspirational seminars on vital subjects for new and existing small enterprises in the Forest of Dean area

On 20th November 2013 the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs project proudly hosted their first Forest Enterprise Fair at Forest Hills Golf Club near Coleford, with many thanks to event sponsors Learn Direct and Adult Education in Gloucestershire. Twelve former participants from our business start-up programmes exhibited in the Success Showcase, and a further eight local firms providing support and services for small businesses participated in our exhibition area.

Four seminars on hot topics took place throughout the day:

  • Miranda Jenkins of Skills to Go led an interactive seminar on using creativity to develop your business idea
  • Cheryl Barnes of 4 Sided Triangle presented on Magic Marketing Made Easy
  • Local entrepreneur and business leader Neill Ricketts explained how to take on your first employee, using his experience of growing from no staff to over 50 in just two years
  • The seminar programme finished on a high with Mick Merrick of Precept introducing his Sexy Sales Strategies for Success

Over forty local people and budding entrepreneurs visited the event, with many staying all day to make the most of the networking and training opportunities on offer. There was a buzz in the room all day as visitors chatted to exhibitors and connected with each other. There was plenty of interest in the range of local training opportunities provided by the Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs project, and several people signed up for forthcoming “taster” and business start up courses.

Plans are already afoot to host another Forest Enterprise event as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week next year, so look out for information locally and do come along and take part! To find out what to expect have a look at this video shot by Ed Rayner a Forest start-up.