How to start a business in 2017
Want to start a business in 2017? This event is for you. Join Virgin StartUp as we host a panel discussion with entrepreneurs both established and new as they reveal how they started their businesses and give tips on how you can start yours.
The fact is 2017 is the best time there has ever been to start your own business. You can do it faster than ever, for as cheap as ever with more support around to help you than ever before.
This event will focus on how you can take advantage of this opportunity. We'll be looking at everything from how to fund your business idea, how to validate your business idea, how to attract your first customers and finally what steps you need to complete to hit that launch button.
Jamie Leith and James McCrossen , Co-Founders of Manny & Me , a London based education & childcare agency.
Jamie and James, both trained primary school teachers, came together in 2015 to discuss the idea of setting up an agency after discussing James’ experiences of 9 years in the nannying world. It was apparent from their discussions that there was not only a shortage of males in nanny roles, but in the sector as a whole. Their initial goal was to redefine how both families and the wider world saw the roles of men in childcare.
Another notable gap in the market, raised in their discussions, was an agency that combined both childcare and education. Many families were employing several nannies and tutors, when actually there were plenty of individuals out there that could fill several roles at once. This coupled perfectly with them wanting to encourage both males and females to enter into nannying jobs and raise the level of expectation in the industry.
With these two ideas in mind they began work in creating an agency that would not only provide a platform for more males to work in childcare, but also an one that allowed children to be intellectually stimulated when being cared for out of school, by an energetic and fun person that suited the needs of the family perfectly.
After a year of balancing their jobs with the setting up of the business, they opened the agency for business in September 2016.
Jospeh Chakra, Founder of Sloane Bros
The Sloane Bros. Frozen Yoghurt Co. launched in London in June 2015 and enjoys a differentiated traditional and unique British branding with a focus on using fresh and natural ingredients for its fat-free frozen yoghurt. Following the success of their flagship shop on London’s Brick Lane, they launched a second store in Nottingham. They have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube and plan to open in new shopping centre locations in the UK, overseas franchises and a B2B business.
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