– Jess Hewson, Digital Marketing Assistant
A busy, fully packed and importantly successful two days for Nwes and the brand new Start&Grow platform.
This November the Nwes team headed down to London, suitcases packed, armed with leaflets and business cards to attend the 38th Business Show at Olympia. We’re very pleased to report that the two days we’re a great success, with a very busy stand across both days full of eager show goers keen to chat to the team and find out how we could support them.
Now while an opportunity to spread the awareness of Nwes and connect with our client base is always exciting, this show held an added importance. This is because November’s Business Show played host to the launch of the UK’s only online business resource platform, Start&Grow – a project we’re pleased to say is fulfilled by the Nwes team.
The new Start&Grow platform was officially launched at 3pm on Thursday 16 Nov by businesswoman and TV presenter Saira Khan. As a former Apprentice contestant and successful business woman, it was a real complement and testament to the first-class business support Start&Grow offers to have Saira back the platform. Though the TV personality did reveal in her launch speech that she too has experienced the lows in business that many entrepreneurs and start-ups experience, but wisely commented that ‘you’re not an entrepreneur until you’ve failed’. A privilege for the Nwes team and we’re sure the show audience, to hear such truthful and humbling words from someone who has now transformed their business goals into success.
Joining Saira on the Start&Grow launch panel was businessman and Partner in Rathbone Results Consultancy, Dr Carlton Brow; Director of PM Excel Group, Consultancy & Training, Patricia Marcelino and Chief Executive for Nwes, Kevin Horne. The panel took a great Q&A session commenting on specific Start&Grow questions and general business enquiries, using their years of expertise to impart valuable business knowledge.
Speaking of business knowledge, it’s time to mention Nwes Business Advisor John Clarke – also known as one of the faces of Start&Grow’s many video tutorials. John joined the team on the Start&Grow stand, engaging with those soon to be consuming his knowledge online. Alongside this, John hosted two seminars on starting a business, one each day of the event. It’s a pleasure to note that despite the packed schedule of events and variety of subjects on offer over the two days, John’s seminars were one of the busiest. His talks were so popular, attendees even resorted to sitting on the floor and crowding outside the room!
Back on the stand, property enquiries were popular for our London and Essex locations, hopefully inspiring many businesses to grow their status and team. As was our virtual tenancy, a brilliant way to move your business forward by aligning with the image and services of a local business centre. Also making an appearance on the Start&Grow stand were the novelty seedling pots. A great little gift for all those that dropped by and had a chat. The idea behind it of course being to watch your plant grow as your business grew with the help of Start&Grow. A thought that many of those that received one chuckled at.
So, there we have it, a busy, fully packed and importantly successful two days for Nwes and the brand new Start&Grow platform. A thank you must be mentioned to the staff that attended and for all the hard work and extra hours they put in.