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Networking and Knowledge

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Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs logo15 entrepreneurs gathered together to gain knowledge, support and to network on 21st May in the second Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs Networking evenings.

The venue was the recently opened University of Gloucestershire’s new Enterprise Hub in the Vantage Point Business Village.

Enterprise Hub to benefits Forest start-ups

Basil Omar from the University was on hand to explain what the Enterprise Hub was trying to achieve to support new businesses and start-ups with a physical location plus mentoring opportunities and other support including wider networking.

For £25 per week, new businesses can rent a desk to launch their business in a friendly and supportive environment. Or for £100 a year businesses can become associate members with no physical space, but able to access the range of services through the university. As a result of Basil’s talk a couple of the Forest of Dean entrepreneurs are considering sharing a desk.

Please follow this link for more information on the Enterprise Hub.

Forest Traders shares Knowledge and Opportunity

Jo Davies of Forest Traders, a recent business start-up in the Forest shared her story, which was very motivating.

She told us about her vision to help local businesses advertise affordably and how her business has grown in only 18 months to where it is now. She currently works with nearly 80 advertisers, has a range of services.

She has been asked to partner other high profile county business and community events. These include being the Forest contact for Gloucestershire Business Show being held in April 2015. To find out more about this contact Jo or come along to her free briefing on 2nd July starting at 18.00 at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

As an avid user of Twitter and Facebook, Jo shared some of her secrets and knowledge for raising the profile of her business using social networks.

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