BEN Global Entrepreneurship Week Event
Monday, 14 November 2016 from 10:00 to 12:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) invites you to join us at Wrexham Glyndwr University on November 14th at our event taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
We are pleased to announce that speakers at the event include Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates AM and the Leader of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton.
Key areas to be addressed include:
- Overview of Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN)
- Address alternative finance for business start ups
- Discuss growth and importance of entrepreneurship to the Welsh economy
- Encourage more business to partake in supporting young enterprise
Registration: 10am: alongside networking & refreshments.
Close: 12pm: with an opportunity to network over a buffet lunch.
10.00am - 10.30am: Registration
Networking & Refreshments
10.30am - 10.40am: Welcome & Introduction
CEO Comtek Network Systems
10.40am - 10.55am: Business Entrepreneur Network Video
10.55am – 11.10am: Ken Skates AM
Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure
11.10am - 11.15am: Shaun Roberts
Managing Director Creative Catalysts
11.15am - 11.20am: Bethan Williams
ABC Amser Babi Cymraeg
Activities for Baby in Welsh
11.20am - 11.35am: Ian Lucas MP
11.35am - 11.50am: Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Professor Chris Jones
Head of Business & Management
Wrexham Glyndwr University
11.50am - 12.00noon: Closing Speech
Cllr Aaron Shotton
Leader of Flintshire County Council
Networking Lunch and Close
The event is free and open to all. Please feel free to share with anyone who you believe may find it of interest.
When & Where
Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN)
The Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) is an innovative project managed by Communities First Flintshire and led by Askar Sheibani, former Chair of the Deeside Enterprise Zone board, chair of the Deeside Industrial Park Business Forum and CEO of Comtek.
The BEN is a steering group comprising of community groups, local schools and colleges, the local university, Flintshire County Council, voluntary associations and local business people who have a remit in or a passion for promoting entrepreneurship. More importantly it seeks to support people to start and continue long term successful businesses. Askar was appointed as Business Entrepreneurship Champion to the Welsh Government in 2012, to provide guidance on entrepreneurship policy and promote entrepreneurship proactively. BEN encourages creativity in people wanting to start or grow a business, developing entrepreneurial skills needed here or in becoming an asset to an existing business. It supports and enables young people to access opportunities in Flintshire.
The Welsh Government chose Flintshire as a pilot region for this forward-thinking project, and its support is enabling stakeholders to invest in local entrepreneurs.
Through BEN existing business leaders nurture a raft of emerging talent in North East Wales. In November 2012 BEN was launched at a Jobs & Careers Fair complete with a Dragons Den Cymru competition, with business leaders as Dragons. Here participants pitched to the Dragons before being selected as young entrepreneurs.
Successful participants were invited to join the new Flintshire Enterprise Club managed by Communities First Flintshire the club was launched in January 2013, and budding entrepreneurs learn from the experience of business leaders about how best to take advantage of opportunities. Anyone who has a desire to start their own business or social enterprise can join. Professional workshops are arranged and mentoring, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and visits to local businesses are staple ingredients.
Meetings take place at John Summers Community Campus Queensferry Deeside, all facilities are for free. Visits from partners e.g. Glyndwr University, Business Wales, The Princes Trust, Theatre Clwyd, Careers Wales, Prospects, are arranged to assist with anything from writing a business plan or effective communication to pricing etc.
Support from a diverse range of local business and sectors is impressive, and consists of Glyndwr University and Coleg Cambria they are fully committed to supporting the BEN, drawing on links, resources and experience from different sectors to ensure the Network’s success.