Free event for budding entrepreneurs

Budding businesspeople and anyone who has launched a new company are invited to attend a free event in Wimbledon to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The event at The Atrium, Lombard Business Park, Lombard Road, will be hosted by national flexible business provider, Bizspace, in partnership with business relocation specialists, Andrew Porter Limited.

On Friday 16th November from 12.30pm to 2pm, people will have the chance to listen to the inspiring story and ask questions of a successful entrepreneur, as well as getting advice on finding and fitting out the ideal business premises and gathering information on a range of other aspects of business.

Grant Sivell, who will be speaking at the event, founded Bespoke Productions three months ago together with business partner Michael Negrao, and already the company is by far surpassing all targets.

The audio visual hire firm, based at Bizspace's Wimbledon centre, counts the Ritz Hotel and exclusive London members' clubs among its clients, and has provided equipment for events for the French President and DJ Fatboy Slim.

"The company has just gone 'boom!' and we are already hiring new staff to keep up with demand," Grant said.

"We already had contacts in the industry, so we knew we would have some initial business to rely on, but the success has exceeded our expectations.  Our name has got out very quickly in the audio visual world and it is a fantastic situation to be in."

Grant will be speaking about the decision to set up a new company and giving advice on the benefits and pitfalls involved.  He will also be taking questions on any aspects of starting or running a business.

Bizspace's sales and marketing director, Emma Long, said she hoped to see plenty of big business names of the future attend the event.

"Both Bizspace and Andrew Porter Limited are passionate about helping new businesses succeed and between us we have some fantastic offers available to help start-up companies get on their feet," she said.

"This event is a fantastic opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to ask questions of someone who has been there and done that - a chance which doesn't come along every day.  Anyone is welcome, whether they have launched a new business or are just thinking about doing so."

Entry is free, but places are limited so please register in advance to confirm attendance.  To book visit bizspacewimbledon.eventbrite.co.uk.

For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week visit www.gew.org.uk.

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