Global entrepreneurship week launched in Shropshire

The event, organised in collaboration with Shropshire Enterprise Partnership, featured a keynote presentation focused on converting big ideas into hard sales.

This year’s summit was entitled The Big Idea and the campus in Priorslee was the perfect location to host the event to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week in Shropshire.

Global Entrepreneurship Week connects entrepreneurs from around the world and the local audience joined millions of young people in countries across six continents in discussing ideas.

Brian Clements, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Enterprise at the University, said: “The Institute for Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Wolverhampton demonstrated support for Global Enterprise Week by hosting the 2009 Shropshire Entrepreneurs Summit at their Telford Campus in partnership with Enterprise HQ.

“The keynote speaker was Geoff Burch, author, TV presenter and business guru, nicknamed by the Financial Times as ‘The Hell's Angel of Management Consultancy’. He enthralled a full lecture theatre, with an audience from local businesses and colleges, with his unique and powerful approach to success in business enterprise. It is hoped that this successful event is the first of many collaborative initiatives between IIE and Enterprise HQ."

The Big Idea winner was a student from Shrewsbury 6th Form College with an idea for the production of new style headphones. The teenager from Shrewsbury won a Blackberry phone and a set of Business Start Up books and he will also have the support of the Enterprise HQ team in the county town to help bring his idea to reality.

The speaker at the event was Geoff Burch. Known as The Hell’s Angel of Management Consultancy, Geoff has successfully converted his name into a global brand with his books published worldwide and his consultancy services sought by blue chip companies and mega-corporations. Geoff is also a firm believer that small business can lead the way out of this recession.

The audience was encouraged to develop enterprise and serious acknowledgement given to the role of small business in leading the way out of the global recession.

In a global economy that is set to double by 2030, Shropshire is ahead of the curve in encouraging its current and prospective entrepreneurs to make the most of their ideas and set up in business.

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