VIRGIN ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 from 06:30 to 18:30 (GMT)
START UP WORKSHOP
THE VIRGIN BATTLESHIP BUILDING
We are delighted to be working with VIRGIN TRAINS as they launch their spectacular new London - Telford - Shropshire service.
On Day Two of the new service, 12 entrepreneurs from The Start Up Hub in Telford will be travelling in THE ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS to London Euston to attend a START UP WORKSHOP in Virgin's own headquarters in Paddington.
Great excitement abounds and on the journey we have our own Telford Entrepreneur of the Year, Chris Ryder; hosting mentor express sessions as we speed south to the centre of global business excellence at Virgin.
6.39am BOARD VIRGIN ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS AT SHREWSBURY
7.00am BOARD VIRGIN ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS AT TELFORD
Express Mentor Sessions on the route south with CHRIS RYDER
9.00am ARRIVE LONDON EUSTON
10.00am START UP WORKSHOP AT VIRGIN BATTLESHIP, PADDINGTON
4.00pm OWN TIME
6.23pm VIRGIN ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS transports entrepreneurs homewards
New entrepreneurs from these sectors are on board the VIRGIN ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESS to LONDON:
- Music Doctor
- Mobile Phone Recycling Expert
- Caricature/Cartoonist (Entrepreneur of the Year: Telford)
- Invention/New design for headphones
- Mobile Hair Technician
- International Tourism Business
- E-commerce business
- Children’s Baking Company
- App Developer
- Events Management & Pyrotechnics
- Business Hub Operator
Information on the new Virgin Trains services from our county to the capital:
On September 22nd 2014, Virgin Trains received the green light from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to run direct services from Shrewsbury to London Euston. The new service set to commence in December 2014 as part of a range of service improvements on the West Coast Main Line route that coincide with the award of Virgin Trains’ extended franchise.
Shrewsbury will see two services in each direction on a weekday, departing at 06:39 and 15:24. With arrival times in Euston at 09:15 and 17:56 the services will call at Telford Central, Wellington, Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry and Rugby (morning service only). Services back to Shropshire leave Euston at 10:23 and 18:23, arriving in Shrewsbury at 12:58 and 20:55 respectively.
The Shrewsbury service commences on Sunday 14 December 2014:
“It’s an exciting time for everyone involved with Virgin Trains,” explained Lead Executive Phil Whittingham. “With our extended franchise we are able to get back to doing what we do best, offering new journey opportunities whilst still delivering the same high standards of service to our customers.
“We have worked hard with our industry partners to gain the approval for these new services. Special thanks must go to the ORR, Network Rail and the Department for Transport. We thank them all for this big vote of confidence. We couldn’t be more pleased and are really looking forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure they are a success and become a permanent fixture of the railway timetable.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This is great news for passengers. Strong transport links are an important part of our long-term economic plan, which is why we are investing £38 billion over the next five years on maintaining and improving our railways. I am pleased to see companies like Virgin working together with Network Rail and the ORR to get better services for passengers.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Direct trains between London and Shrewsbury will be a valuable addition to the services which already connect the town to the rest of the rail network. They will provide greater business and leisure opportunities and will support and develop local economic growth as a result of improved access to the capital"
When & Where
START UP BUSINESS HUB
We are based in the county's finest business hub in Telford and we fervently believe that entrepreneurs can be taught. These are skills that are easily acquired and can be life-changing.
SELF employment is the new WORKING REVOLUTION and we are proud to be part of the StartUp Revolution that has seen this country achieve the highest number of start ups on record (over half a million in 2014) and we are part of an organisation called ENTERPRISE NATION who are looking to improve on those boom numbers in 2015 and year on year grow our small businesses so that we are the leading country in the world for entrepreneurship.
One business a minute is being created in the UK and its the road to prosperity for this country - and our local county. 95% of ALL employment created in the past 5 years has been SELF employment.
Since 2012, we have helped 500 businesses to start and organised over £1.6million in start up finance from the government backed Start Up Loans fund
The Young People
For the UK’s young people, the world of work has changed and its vital that our Schools, Colleges & Universities train the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Many 18-24 year olds who suffered badly in the years of the recession are now labelled ‘The Forgotten Generation’. 700,000 young people are still struggling with unemployment and underemployment. SELF employment is on the rise and our workshops can fill the gap left in their education. Through our Business Schools we help to lift abilities to be creative, resilient and confident and add to this the practicalities of starting and operating a business which include business planning, cash flows, selling, marketing and access to finance. We help our young people discover that they can 'make their own jobs for life'.
Young people need energy, determination and self belief and we have seen many lives transformed by starting their own businesses. Through our StartUp Business Schools, we provide young people with the vital tools for self employment.
We are the main provider of START UP TRAINING in the area (35+ training places a month) and are proud to be working with VIRGIN START UP to help new entrepreneurs (aged over 18) with start up support and inspiration while arranging START UP LOANS for the fledgling entrepreneurs. The start up finance comes with one to one support to develop the start up business plan and once the loan is approved, the entrepreneur is provided with an invaluable pack of corporate benefits, connections to Virgin companies and a vital 12 months entrepreneurial mentoring to help the business flourish.
ENTREPRENEURS are MADE not BORN! None of our work would be possible without the unswerving support of the husband and wife team Graham and Jenny Wynn of THE TTC GROUP who have provided us with a business home & training space at the Hub and with the vital guidance every business needs. Since 2012, the generous contributions of our neighbours and supporters in Telford have helped over 500 young people become entrepreneurs.