Start-up Croydon provides a wealth of inspiration

Start-up Croydon provides a wealth of inspiration

The third Start-Up Croydon event was hailed a success after providing businesses with a host of invaluable advice and support.

Croydon Business Venture once again hosted the day-long event at Weatherill House Business Centre which proved bigger and better than ever before.

Attendees were able to book a place on exclusive one-on-one finance sessions with representatives from GLE and NatWest, there were advice clinics presented by Business Navigator and the innovative IKEA speed networking sessions, based on the speed dating concept.

Transferrable skills: Jane Knight provides some invaluable advice

There was also a programme of talks and seminars, one of which was run by business trainer and coach Jane Knight, the founder of Successful Mums. She aims to help women into business or into new careers by showing them how their skills as mums are transferrable into the workplace.

Jane told entrepreneurs how to use their 'transferrable skills" as Mums - and Dads! - to build successful businesses.

She said: "I think Start Up Croydon is a brilliant idea – it's a great opportunity for people who want to test the water and see what's out there because some people have ideas but don't know where to start. People in Croydon who might have been thinking about starting a business, this helps them in turning their ideas into a reality."

Popular event: Around 100 people took part in Start-Up Croydon

Croydon Business Venture chairman David Robinson said the event furthered the underlying principles of the organisation which was formed in 1983.

He said founder Bernard Weatherill had the vision for growing business "acorns into oak trees." And over the course of more than 30 years some of those acorns have grown into very big businesses in Croydon - some employing hundreds of people.

"We help people into self employment by running training courses, and offering advice and mentoring and will do all we can to help," he explained.

A free lunch was provided for delegates who also received free goodie bags. There was also the chance to see how the affordable, flexible office space at Weatherill House Business Centre can help you to grow your business.