Posted: Tue 10th May 2016
Start-up adviser and co-working centre boss Matt Hill has been announced as Sheffield's champion for small business.
Hill, co-founder of Union Street, the co-working space, will head-up the city operation of Enterprise Nation, organising workshops, events and offering local small businesses access to the support and tools they need to grow.
According to statistics from national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, 3,713 new businesses were registered in Sheffield in 2015, making it one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the UK, coming in the top 15.
Hill, an expert in social enterprises, said: "Union Street was set up to provide affordable co-working spaces that can offer a real business benefit as well as an antidote to the isolation entrepreneurs can feel when they go it alone.
"By plugging in to Enterprise Nation's national campaigns, advisers, practical events, and essential business support we can make sure Sheffield entrepreneurs remain well-advised, motivated and on top of issues that might affect them."
The first Enterprise Nation event is a day-long digital business bootcamp on 16 May at Electric Works on Sheffield's Digital Campus. It's one of a series of roving digital events around the UK run by Enterprise Nation as part of our Go and Grow Online campaign.
The event will deliver expert workshops on a range of topics including how businesses can make the most of social media to plugging in online payments, attracting new digital customers and mastering quarterly digital tax returns.
Next month will see Union Street hosting regular Enterprise Nation business building events including an Instagram masterclass, run by social media expert Alison Battisby, at 11am to 1pm on 2 June and financing a start-up with Morgan Killick on 9 June at 11am.
These regular events, held over lunch, will include the chance to network over a mouthwatering bite from tasty local street food masters Pie Eyed.
Enterprise Nation already has a cohort of active business champions in towns and cities across the UK including Nottingham, Birmingham and the South West.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: "The world of business has changed beyond recognition. As a consequence the support and business environment must adapt.
"We're delighted Matt is joining us to champion support for early-stage entrepreneurs in Sheffield.
"Our mission is to help start-ups and small businesses build profitability whilst making the most of a skill or passion, whether they are gazelle-like tech firms or people looking to improve their work life balance while providing for their family.
"Over the coming years we'll see more, not less people working in this way and choosing a life of self-employment and enterprise. We need to be ready for that and deliver the advice and support they need to succeed."