How new business owners can get help from some of the region's top bosses for free

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Aug 2017

Fledgling business owners are being offered the chance to get their ideas off the ground with help from some of the region’s leading movers and shakers.

For Entrepreneurs Only (FEO) is gearing up to deliver the latest series of its popular Ignition programme, which will lift off in September.

Designed to help fledgling entrepreneurs turn their business plans into reality, the programme will run over seven weekly evening sessions, each of which is presented by some of our region’s top business brains.

Hosted by The Sewell Group at The Sewell Studio in Hull, FEO ignition will include real life business experiences, with participants having access to invaluable tried and tested hints and tips from entrepreneurs such as Gadget Shop and Red5 founder Jonathan Elvidge; Sewell Group manager director Paul Sewell; Hugh Rice Group chairman Mike Rice, and farming, fishing, fashion and property entrepreneur Joyce Clappison.


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Christina Colmer McHugh, FEO member and creator of Moodbeam, went through the FEO Ignition programme in 2016 and has since seen her business go from strength to strength.

She said: “From the moment I joined the Ignition programme I was hooked.

LIFT OFF: Picture shows participants on last year's FEO Ignition programme at Sewell Studios in Geneva Way

Peter Harbour

“This is a business start-up programme like no other. The members who take part are all there for the love of good business ideas. They take as much as pleasure as the delegates when a tiny idea starts to take root and grow under their guidance.

“It isn’t a hand holding exercise, though. You need to want to be there to make a sense of your goals and aspirations, and if you want to succeed you need to listen and take on board what’s being shared with you every week of the fast-paced programme.”

Delegates also receive advice on topics such as funding their ventures, managing cash flow and intellectual property from FEO key partners, which include Cranswick PLC, Gosschalks, Hugh Rice, KCOM, Lloyds Bank, Smailes Goldie and Strawberry.

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FEO chief executive Jan Brumby said: “This is our 11th ignition series and we have the freedom to tweak it year on year to match the needs of start-up entrepreneurs.

“What makes it unique is that it’s delivered by people with real life experiences – there’s certainly no chance of death by powerpoint.

“Also, it’s inspiring to see former ignition delegates joining FEO as members so that they can give back and help others who were once in their position.”

Visit www.forentrepreneursonly.co.uk/events for details.


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