It is enterprising up north!

By Daniel Idowu, part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week team

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending York Enterprise Day.

The event perfectly captured GEW’s theme this year, Pass it On. It gave participants an opportunity to gain access to finance, develop their skills, increase their knowledge, meet new contacts and discover new resources which can help their businesses grow.

The day’s events began with 5 entrepreneurs bidding for a cash prize - which was won by Jo Blackburn at Sona Marketing. She delivered an excellent pitch which showed she had both the vision and drive to make her business as success.

After a short break Tom Sharp of the Beautiful Meme, talked about the ten mistakes he’s made as an entrepreneur and Jules Wyman explains how to EAT our way to a successful business. The right meal consisted of putting in the effort, having the right attitude and using our time effectively.

After some lunch and networking we had a choice of three workshops. As a social entrepreneur myself I couldn’t look past Yorkcvs’ session on starting up a social enterprise.

I arrived at York eager to learn about how they pass on advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. I left with some valuable advice which I will be implementing over the next 12 months. I was also assured that York is excellent at encouraging and supporting enterprise.

If I had to choose one piece of advice from my time in York, plan before starting up your new business. Jules Wyman highlighted that, “Time is the only waste you can’t recycle.” So true!