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StartUp bus tour makes stop in Scotland

StartUp Britain Duke of York

The StartUp Britain campaign, promoted by the Duke of York, is in Scotland as part of a summer bus tour providing inspiration and support to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Following a stopover in Glasgow yesterday, the campaign’s double decker bus will be in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh today as part of the drive to inspire more entrepreneurs.

Figures released by StartUp Britain for the tour show 3,015 businesses were formed in Edinburgh in the first five months of 2016. This compares to 6,847  businesses registered throughout 2015.

In Glasgow 3,486 new businesses have been formed in the first five months of the year against 6,644 in the whole of 2015.

Now in its fifth year, the StartUp Britain tour, powered by RBS and sponsored by 123 Reg and .uk, is visiting 30 towns and cities in the space of six weeks, a record number for the campaign. Parking the bus in public squares and high streets, StartUp Britain recruits local entrepreneurs and experts to come on board and give free, impartial advice to anyone wanting to start or grow a business.

Visitors to the bus will be able to:

  • get inspiration and support from established local entrepreneurs;
  • speak to a professional business mentor/coach from Entrepreneurial Spark Edinburgh or First Port Funding
  • get business finance advice from RBS;
  • take the 123 Reg digital skills survey and trial its new digital online training platform;
  • receive a free .uk domain and £100 discounts on the 123 Reg Website BuilderThe bus’s visit to Edinburgh is supported by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, The WHALE Arts Incubator, North Star Ventures, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network and Acorn Enterprise among others.

    It is also supported by Scotland-wide partners including Entrepreneurial Spark, Young Enterprise Scotland, Women’s Enterprise Scotland, British Library, UnLtd and UK Business Advisors Scotland. Edinburgh is the seventh stop on the tour – the bus is travelling on to Perth and Aberdeen later in the week and then into North-East England and Yorkshire.

Matt Smith, director of StartUp Britain, said: “The fact we are now visiting more locations than ever before clearly shows how far Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit spreads.

“What’s more, as we travel from place to place we will gain more experience, and more inspiration to pass on to the next city. Certainly, the StartUp Britain bus tour is a great way to come face-to- face with some of Britain’s most innovative individuals.”

Yvonne Greeves, regional enterprise manager, RBS Scotland said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions than ever before.”

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