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Published 10th Nov 2011

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To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011, Middlesbrough will be host to a series of free events by leading entrepreneur coaches, to help the towns budding start-ups to get expert advice and practical tips on how to launch a successful business. 

This fantastic opportunity is being delivered by the Middlesbrough Enterprise Gateway, which is run by leading social purpose company A4e. 

The events will run from 14 - 18 November, and there will be a wide range of activities going on around Middlesbrough city centre to support local residents interested in starting their own business. 

The week will culminate in a tradeshow to showcase the latest products and services from Middlesbrough’s entrepreneurs, at the Hardwick Suite, Middlesbrough Football Club. There will also be a festive German Market, treats and giveaways, and the chance to win signed memorabilia from the Middlesbrough football squad. 

Beverly Maxted, A4e Enterprise Coordinator, Middlesbrough Enterprise Gateway, says “There is no such thing as a typical entrepreneur; I’ve worked with people of all ages and backgrounds who are now running successful businesses across Middlesbrough. Talking to an enterprise coach can be the best way to find out if this is an opportunity for you, so I’d urge anyone thinking about starting or expanding their own business – no matter the size or industry - to come down and meet with like-minded people and discuss their ideas with leading entrepreneurs – and have fun!” 

Schedule of events

Monday 14th November – ‘Business Planning Made Simple’- three workshops during the day at 10am, 12am and 2pm with enterprise coaches available to chat at the WMNT Resource Centre, Meath Street.

Tuesday 15th November – ‘Newly Self Employed’ – a workshop being run by HMRC from 10am until 12.30pm at WMNT Resource Centre. Also the TFM Media bus will be at Middlesbrough College between 10am and 4pm with enterprise coaches on board.

Wednesday 16th November – The TMF Media Bus will be on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough outside BHS between 10am and 4pm with an enterprise quiz and enterprise coaches available.

Thursday 17th November – The Trade Show at Middlesbrough Football Club. With free entry to the public between 10am and 4pm whilst in the evening there will be a celebration dinner and the Presentation of Strictly Come Business Awards.

For additional information you can visit the website: A Fresh Start or contact Abrar Hussain at Middlesbrough Council on Tel: 01642 729232 email:

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