Nottingham entrepreneur is city business champ
Entrepreneur, author and PR professional Greg Simpson has been announced as Nottingham s champion for small business. Greg will head-up the city operation of fast-growth small business support network Enterprise Nation, organising workshops, events and offering local small businesses access to the support and tools they need to grow. According to statistics from national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, 2420 new businesses were registered in Nottingham in 2015, making it one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the UK.
Simpson, a former journalist who runs PR firm Press for Attention in the city, said: I wanted to become an Enterprise Nation champion to help new Nottingham companies get involved in national campaigns and ensure they are not missing out on links to advisers, practical events, and essential business support.
While Nottingham is already an important player in the bio tech start-up world and has a thriving entrepreneurial eco system based at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent s Hive, I want to help spread the word that the support is out there, whatever sector you operate in. Greg s first Enterprise Nation event Meet the Journalists will take place on April 14th at BioCity Nottingham. Speakers include EMBL editor Ian Evans; Sam Metcalf, editor of TheBusinessDesk (East Midlands); Emma Broomfield, small business writer at The Sunday Times; Katherine Taylor, former features editor at the Nottingham Post and Christian Hewgill, video journalist at Notts TV.
The idea of the event is to introduce local business founders to the people who write the news offering practical tips around how to help get a business featured in the headlines. Enterprise Nation already has a cohort of active business champions across the UK including in Birmingham, Bristol and Gateshead. Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: The world of business has changed beyond recognition. As a consequence the support and business environment must adapt.
We re delighted Greg is joining us to champion support for early-stage entrepreneurs in Nottingham.
Our mission is to help start-ups and small businesses build profitability whilst making the most of a skill or passion, whether they are gazelle-like tech firms or people looking to improve their work life balance while providing for their family.
Over the coming years we ll see more, not less people working in this way and choosing a life of self-employment and enterprise. We need to be ready for that and deliver the advice and support they need to succeed.