This week, ambitious entrepreneurs descended on Sheffield Town Hall to hear cutting-edge expert advice on how to go big – as a major new national roadshow launched in Sheffield to help small businesses, secondary scammers and the scale of online sellers.
eBay’s Business Roadshow will travel to multiple locations across the country over the next 12 months – in partnership with Small Business Britain and the British Chamber of Commerce – as the company kicks off its first-ever physical regional roadshow and business program. investment in the UK.
As the cost of living soars, the roadshow aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs and fledgling small businesses get started and earn more money online in a bid to ride the volatile retail environment .
The inaugural event – Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April – also saw new funding made available, as eBay announced plans to invest over £1million in grants and support schemes for small businesses across the UK.
Murray Lambell, Managing Director of eBay UK, said: “It has been a difficult two years for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country as they bear the brunt of inflation, supply chain issues and taxes, as consumer habits also change. The future looks no less difficult.
“We’re so committed to hosting events that make a meaningful difference – providing business owners with real-world skills, guidance, and networking opportunities that can help them thrive in the long run.”
The event took place at Sheffield’s iconic Town Hall and featured a series of high profile speakers including Lord Callanan, Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Accountability and Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain, who discussed how small businesses can weather the storm and recover.
Lord Callanan said: “Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities, which is why, despite a few difficult years, we have supported them with world-class training and hands-on support through our aid programs. growth: digital and management. The private sector also has a vital role to play in unleashing entrepreneurship, so it is fantastic to see initiatives such as eBay’s Business Roadshow which will help generate considerable investment, as well as opportunities for development and networking so that small businesses in the UK can thrive.
Inspirational small business owners also shared their success stories, with Catherine Boswell, Founder of Vintro Clothing, saying, “Since starting Vintro Clothing with my husband eight years ago, we have never looked back. The corporate world just wasn’t for us and the eBay platform allowed us to make our dreams come true. However, it is clear that the past two years have not been difficult and that the current climate worries us again. This is why an event like this is so important; not only in the support it provides, but also in bringing together so many small businesses to share their experiences. As a long-time user of the platform, I hope the information we’ve shared can help other businesses, regardless of shape and size, see the opportunities it can provide. »
Michelle Ovens CBE added: “It is incredibly inspiring to see so many small business owners and entrepreneurs coming together for this event. It creates tremendous energy, connections and new opportunities.
“Events like this are extremely important. We cannot avoid the enormous challenges small businesses have faced in recent years, and still face today.
“While the resilience they have shown is exceptional, more support networks, better access to training and more investment are needed to help them recover and grow through 2022 and beyond. .
“I look forward to seeing the impact of this incredible roadshow and how it will help small businesses in communities across the country.”
The event showcased ideas and advice on all aspects of entrepreneurship, from scaling and strategy to embracing sustainability and talent management, with a special session from Karen Mosley, President of the Sheffield Chambers of Commerce, on how to hire, retain and champion the best. .
Entrepreneurs and small businesses attending each event will have the opportunity to apply for eBay’s new grants and support packages, with winners announced in the following weeks.
Lambell added: “This roadshow has been a valuable opportunity for us to hear firsthand from local entrepreneurs and the stories that have brought them here today.
“We want to open up our community to even more businesses, so I hope these discussions have helped raise awareness about our platform and the opportunities it can provide for startup entrepreneurs and established sellers”
After Sheffield, eBay’s Business Roadshow travels to Salford on May 26-27, followed by ten other UK cities over the next twelve months, with further dates to be announced shortly.
Newcastle (June 9-10)
Glasgow (June 16-17)
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UK small businesses can express interest and register here: http://ebaybusinessroadshow.co.uk/