Virgin’s Voom Bus makes its way to Cardiff

Virgin’s Voom Bus makes its way to Cardiff

Virgin has announced that it will bring the Voom Tour 2017, including pitching competition Voom Pitch, to The Hayes on 5th October.

The Voom bus will be on hand to offer free business advice and a range of activities including one-to-one expert business advice from experts including ICAEW, JCDecaux, LinkedIn and Crowdfunder as well as a panel discussion featuring award-winning entrepreneur and Cardiff-born businesswoman Lisa Marie Brown.

For any Cardiff entrepreneurs who are brave enough to pitch their business idea to a panel of expert judges there is a chance to win £5000 and attend a brunch hosted by Richard Branson.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said: “The Voom Tour is coming to seek out the brilliant entrepreneurs and ideas from Cardiff, and help break down the barriers to business success.

“The aim is to help them put aside their fears and take the next steps on what could be the most significant journey of their business life.”

The Voom Bus arrives in Cardiff as new research from Virgin Media Business shows that over two-fifths of people from Cardiff (42%) think they’ve had a great idea for a new business, but the majority of this group (58%) have failed to turn their business idea into reality.

The top reasons for not taking any action include being too scared to take such a big risk (39%), not knowing how to start (35%) and not knowing how to get funding (31%).

Interestingly, over a quarter of Cardiff’s residents (29%) cited Richard Branson as the most inspiring business personality, admitting he is the one who would most motivate them to start their own business.

Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: “Whether you’ve already started a business and want some help, or need advice to help get a brand new venture off the ground, the Voom Tour is the perfect platform to prepare your business for the big time.

“We hope to see as many of Cardiff’s business community as possible join us on 5th October.”

The Voom Tour 2017 will visit regional centres across the UK and Ireland and will include ten Voom Pitch competition stops, introduction to Voom Fibre and business networking opportunities.