Today marks the beginning of Small Business Advice Week, a seven day awareness-raising initiative to help the UK’s millions of freelancers, contractors and small businesses locate and access invaluable advice and support. Now in its eleventh year, Small Business Advice Week 2014 runs until 7th September, and this year is assisted by the establishment of a dedicated events and support space in London’s Somerset House, run by small business network Enterprise Nation. Organisers hope the offices will become a permanent space to support small firms, and will also be the base for related groups such as The Entrepreneur’s Network and Small Business Saturday.
The space will host daily talks and workshops throughout Small Business Advice Week on everything “from finance to fashion”. Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones said of the new space:
“We want this space to not only be a permanent home for the 60,000-strong Enterprise Nation community, we want to open it to thousands more small and creative businesses that are looking for practical advice, business support, finance and mentoring – and to meet each other on a more regular basis.
“People often ask why there isn’t already a clear pathway to receiving the specific advice urgently needed by an emerging army of self-employed and small business founders. We hope this will be the answer.”
Small Business Advice Week is supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and has seen support from all major political parties in previous years. With self-employment seeing a sharp rise in the UK over the last few years, it is expected this year’s event will reach more business owners than ever.
You can follow along using the #SBAW hashtag on Twitter.