Blue Orchid Helps Small Business Meet Big Business at the IFB 2014

Anyone thinking of starting a new business or developing their business further will benefit from Blue Orchid’s free ‘Meet the Expert’ business breakfast event that will take place on June 19th as part of the prestigious International Festival for Business (IFB) in Liverpool.

The event will take place between 8am-10am in The Place Expo area of IFB 2014.
International Festival for Business 2014

Funded by Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Warrington Councils, our panel of experts have all made the transition from working for large public and private sector organisations to running their own small businesses.

Guest panelists will be able to share valuable insights and experiences on how they have successfully supplied their services to all sizes of business.

Blue Orchid Chief Executive, Heather Hayes, said: “This ‘Meet the Expert’ event is an excellent opportunity to explore and identify ways to improve business development and increase sales. Not only will delegates gain valuable insight from people with first hand experience of creating their own successful business, they will also benefit from the vast number of events scheduled during IFB 2014 encouraging and supporting people to do business.”

Organisers of the IFB 2014 are encouraging businesses to sign up to the IFB Business Club so they can take full advantage of the festival.

Heather continued: “The IFB 2014 Festival is all about matching businesses to the opportunities that will help them grow and thrive. It will provide north west start ups and SMEs the chance to actually do business with leading UK companies.”

During the event, Blue Orchid advisors will also complete a free HR health check on their business to ensure they have the latest information on employment and recruitment.


Blue Orchid Opens the Enterprise Support Service in Bristol

Enterprise Support Service

Launching the new Bristol Enterprise Support Service

A new enterprise support service to help new, young and maturing businesses and social enterprises has been launched.

Fully funded as part of the Filwood Green Business Park project, this £270,000 service will mainly focus on developing enterprise in South Bristol, offering 1-to-1 advice, workshops and business networking opportunities. It aims to help get new and fledgling businesses off the ground whilst also supporting existing small ventures which want to grow.

The scheme is part of the new £11.6m Filwood Green Business Park project, which broke its first ground last month.  When the environmentally friendly BREEAM Outstanding development opens in early 2015 it could provide up to 350 jobs, and the new Enterprise Support Service will help make sure there are new businesses ready to take up tenancies at the development, part of which is geared towards providing smaller spaces for local start-ups.

Start-up support is aimed at potential entrepreneurs based in Bristol’s Filwood, Knowle, Hartcliffe, Hengrove, Stockwood, Windmill Hill and Whitchurch Park wards.  Help will be available to develop their ideas and potentially take up space at the new Filwood Green Business Park.

Whilst the focus is on South Bristol, other eligible small businesses from across the city will also be able to access the support.  Another important aspect of the service will be to assist small, medium and micro businesses to improve their environmental performance, contributing to Bristol’s greener economy as part of its status as European Green Capital for 2015. Continue reading

From unemployed to entrepreneur with the help of Blue Orchid

Heather Hayes - Blue Orchid

Blue Orchid Leads on New Enterprise Allowance

Blue Orchid has helped a total of 4500 unemployed people in the North West to come off benefits and become their own boss with the help of the Government’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, launched in 2011.

Business ideas supported in the North West by Blue Orchid include caterers, creative designers, landscape gardeners and mechanics.  Blue Orchid’s business advisors provide tailored help and support to individuals wanting to turn their business ideas into reality.

Janice Wycherley of Nantwich is one of the many start-up businesses in Cheshire to have benefited from the advice and support of Blue Orchid’s Business Advisors.  Janice established Achieving Change Together (ACT) an independent training business helping health and social care workers in the public, private and voluntary sectors improve their professional skills. Continue reading