Our FEO Getting Started Group will be delivering the latest series of our popular FREE FEOignition programme this Spring. Ignition has been designed to encourage new business owners to confidently get their businesses off the ground with the help and guidance of successful peers who have been there and done it themselves.
Hosted by The Sewell Group at The Sewell Studio in Hull, over 7 Wednesday evening sessions, the programme is presented by some of our region’s top entrepreneurs who give their time and experience to help start-ups avoid some of the pitfalls and problems that occur in the early stages of running a business
FEOignition includes real life business stories, warts and all, and those taking part in the programme have access to invaluable tried and tested hints and tips from experienced local business owners including Paul Sewell, Jonathan Elvidge, Antony Eltherington, Mike Rice, Joyce Clappison and many more.
FEO Member & Director Jonathan Elvidge (previous owner of The Gadget Shop and Red5 and now Co Founder of Moodbeam) helped to design the programme and comments “It is fantastic to see such enthusiastic start-ups each time. There can be no doubt that businesses that might have otherwise stalled or failed will develop and prosper as a direct result of this programme. There can be no better reason to be involved, and for anyone starting up, I can’t think of a better source of information, inspiration, and support.”
Delegates also receive help and advice from FEO Key Partners who include Cranswick PLC, Gosschalks, Hugh Rice, KCOM, Lloyds Bank, Smailes Goldie and Strawberry about funding their ventures, managing cash flow, gathering critical information about intellectual property and goal setting for the future.
FEO Chief Executive Jan Brumby takes up the story:
“This is our 12th Ignition series and because we have the freedom to tweak it year on year, it can always match the changing needs of start up entrepreneurs. What makes ignition unique is that it’s delivered by people with real life experiences – there’s certainly no chance of death by powerpoint! Also, it’s critical that new business owners are exposed to positive, can-do role models who will boost their confidence and mindset when it comes to dealing with set-backs and problems - of which there will be many!
2017 ignition delegate Mike Burnett, Director of Humber Clean comments “Ignition is a great programme with like minded people on a similar journey – I would highly recommend it”
If you know anyone who would like to be considered for this programme and they are in the early stages of starting a business please see the application link on our EVENTS page.
Closing date is Friday 23rd March.