Nick Hewer goes from observing entrepreneurs for Lord Sugar to helping them grow at mentoring event

“With 15,000 new businesses starting-up in the UK every month and 95 per cent of them failing within their first five years, it’s vital for new business owners to get the very best help and advice from the beginning,” explains Felicity Edwards, Managing Director of Destination Basingstoke.

“BE INSPIRED is a free all-day business event packed with seminars, mentoring and practical sessions which is designed to arm new entrepreneurs with everything they need to know to succeed in a challenging business environment and build sales on solid foundations.”

BE INSPIRED, which is being opened by Nick Hewer from the BBC TV programme The Apprentice, aims to help hundreds of businesses succeed by providing them with inspiration, ideas, information and innovative practices to help grow and develop their businesses.

“Every business whether large or small, new or established, can benefit from taking a day out to step back, see what’s new, what everyone else is doing and find out about new opportunities,” says Hewer.

He is one of over 20 speakers at the event alongside Industry experts such as Mike Morrison, Head of Pensions Development at AXA Wealth and Malcolm Murray, a Director at BCMS Corporate, the market leader in valuing and selling companies, and HM Revenue & Customs will also be speaking at the event.

Free expert marketing, tax, legal and social media advice
The full day event will offer motivational mentoring sessions, seminars and practical workshops, covers every aspect of starting, financing, building and even selling a business.

Those attending will have the opportunity to get help from a range of top business experts in sales and marketing, tax, raising venture capital, importing and exporting; business planning; training and skills development, and financial and legal matters.”

Geoff French, Chairman of Local Enterprise Partnership Enterprise M3 says: “Creating a culture of entrepreneurship across the Enterprise M3 is critical and I am delighted at the support on offer.”

“There will also be one-to-one consultations for entrepreneurs who would like to explore new business ideas, routes to market, growth strategies and tactics. Specialist exhibitors will also be on hand to provide information on training programmes, apprenticeships, recruitment, social media, marketing and finding the right premises, as well experts on planning and business rates.’ He added

“Running a small business or starting one up can be a lonely and stressful experience fraught with risk,” says Jonathan Pender, Director at Phillips Solicitors. “BE INSPIRED will not only give people an opportunity to share their experiences and get support and strategic direction but they can also make useful contacts with potential customers and investors.”

The event will also provide expert advice on:

  • Social media marketing and website design
  • Business rates
  • Customer service
  • Getting bank financing
  • VAT issues
  • New small business pension regulations
  • Trading standards
  • Apprenticeships
  • Local business accelerators
  • Venture capital and crowd financing.

BE INSPIRED is from 10-5pm, on Thursday, 19 April 2012 at Belvedere House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4HG. For more information call 01256 461167 or visit