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Start-up fair to offer advice on being your own boss

AN action-packed business start-up fair will take place on Tuesday 29 May, from 4pm to 7pm at the Paignton Innovation Centre at South Devon College.

It features 16 exhibitors, two guest speakers giving inspirational talks about own businesses and short presentations by Outset Torbay about how to set up your own business.

Nick Hurst from Burts Crisps will be talking at 5pm about the success of the premium quality crisps and outlining his tips for business success.

The second speaker at 6pm will be John Tucker from the International Centre for Families in Business.

Over the past 25 years, John has coached more than 100 businesses around the world and will be giving a fascinating insight about ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Families in Business’.

Outset Torbay will also be holding short seminars at 4pm and 6.30pm to outline their services designed to help budding entrepreneurs.

Adele Dawson, the college’s head of business advantage, initiated the Be Your Own Boss event.

She said: “We really wanted to get some key organisations together under one roof to offer business support to people.

“We are delighted there is so much interest.

“We have more than 14,000 students across many sectors, some of whom are keen to start their own company or work as freelancers.

“From hairdressers to construction workers and musicians, there is great interest in being your own boss.

“We have noticed more and more people starting their own business, whatever the catalyst — whether it is because of redundancy situations or reaching a crossroads in their career.

“We would encourage anyone interested to come along on Tuesday.”

The event is taking place on the same evening as the college’s open evening, so guests can attend both events which are taking place in Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton.

Maggie Breton, who manages the new Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at the college, has also been heavily involved in the event.

He said: “To quote Peter Jones, ‘entrepreneurs are not born, they’re made’, which is why the support we provide is so invaluable.

“The academy offers BTEC courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship at both Level 2 and 3, where the curriculum requires students to set up and run their own business.

“I am sure students this year’s students will enjoy coming to the Be Your Own Boss event.

“We are also keen to recruit students for the next course, which starts in September, so anyone interested please call me on 01803 540 525.”

South Devon College

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Outset Torbay

South West Innovation Centres

Torbay Development Agency

Federation of Small Businesses


Prince’s Trust

Torquay Chamber of Commerce

Fredericks Foundation

Francis Clark

Coralline Health

Clark Jennings Solicitors

Darnells Accountancy

South West Investment Group

Citizens Advice Bureau