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"
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START UP TELFORD & SHROPSHIRE
We have been supporting local entrepreneurs since 1997 and we fervently believe that entrepreneurs can be taught. The skills to start a business or become self-employed are easily acquired and can be life-changing. Not only do local self employed people and entrepreneurs stay local and buy local, they drive the economy and make the region a better place to live and work.
We are the main provider of start-up training in the area (35+ training places a month) and are proud to be working with Enterprise Nation as the regional business champion, managing events, networks and member support. We also work with Virgin StartUp helping with applications by individuals seeking business start up finance through the government funded Start Up Loans Company. The Virgin start up finance comes with one to one support to develop the 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.
We manage local networks for like-minded business people and are priveleged to work with inspiring and highly ambitious business owners.