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16/11/2016
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Smaller companies and social enterprises in the Dudley borough will have the chance to win £1,000 of business advice during the council’s Small Business Week which runs from Monday November 28 – Friday 2 December.

As part of Small Business Saturday, Dudley Council has teamed up with experienced local business owners and business consultants, to offer dragon’s den-type events for new or existing organisations, to pitch their business ideas to experts.

The ‘Ideas and Innovation Dens’ are aimed at people with new ideas for products, looking to set up a new business, or those considering expanding or changing the direction of their existing one.

Everyone who pitches will receive immediate advice on viability, strategy, tactics and possible networking opportunities. Some organisations will be selected to gain extra publicity. In addition, one lucky winner will receive a further £1,000 of further in-depth business advice.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said:
“This year we decided to take a highly practical approach to Small Business Saturday by adding real value to small businesses and potential businesses in the borough.
“The event is free to enter and I hope that entrepreneurs will recognise the opportunities that are on offer through this approach and bid to take part.”

One of the business experts taking part in Small Business week and a brainchild behind the idea is Steve Parker, of ICD International Company Development.

Steve Parker said: “This is exactly the sort of support that I wish had existed when I was setting up my first businesses. I am grateful that trusted successful business colleagues, who are actively involved in business on a daily basis, are contributing their time for this exciting new initiative. We will ensure that experienced professionals who have specialisms relevant to those who are pitching are present on each day so that everyone who takes part can get tailored advice.”

Business advisers from Access 2 Business, Sweda and the Prince’s Trust will also attend, coordinated by the council’s Business Starts Here team. The Business Starts Here team, located in Dudley Library, provides a free advice signposting service for people looking to set up a business in the borough.

The Small Business Dens are taking place from 10am – 1pm at:

  • Halesowen Library – Monday 28 November
  • Dudley Library – Tuesday 29 November
  • Savoy Centre, Netherton – Wednesday 30 November
  • Brierley Hill Library – Thursday 1 December
  • Stourbridge Library – Friday 2 December.

Businesses can book a slot, on a first-come, first-served basis, through Eventbrite and searching for Dudley events by Friday 18 November 2016.

In addition, on these days staff from Dudley Business First, the council’s business support service, will host drop-in business clinics to answer any immediate queries.

The week will be crowned on Small Business Saturday itself, 3 December, with a Teenage Market in the Moor Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill.

For more details on the Small Business Dens, go to www.dudleybusinessfirst.org.uk/business-support/sbs/

For information on Business Starts Here visit www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/libraries-archives/libraries/business-starts-here/

News Release Contact Information Press office - pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk - 01384 815219.

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