Sir Richard Branson with the Voom Tour bus
Virgin Media Business has announced it will bring the Voom Tour 2017 to Manchester, including pitching competition Voom Pitch.
The event will take place at 1 Exchange Square in the city on 6th and 7th September. Free advice and activity will be available on the Voom Bus, including one-to-one business advice and a panel discussion with previous Voom finalist, Luke Massie, who founded ethical ticket company Vibe Tickets.
Any Manchester entrepreneurs who are brave enough to pitch their business idea to a panel of expert judges can take part in the live pitching competition on 7th September.
Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, said: “The Voom Tour is coming to seek out the brilliant entrepreneurs and ideas from Manchester, 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 Manchester as new research from Virgin Media Business shows that a third of Mancunians (33%) think they’ve had a great idea for a new business, but 66% failed to turn their business idea into reality. The top reasons for not taking any action include not having any idea of how to start (33%), not knowing where to get funding (29%), and not having the confidence in securing money to get off the ground (24%).
Interestingly, a quarter of Manchester residents (25%) 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, 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 Manchester’s business community as possible join us in Exchange Square on the 6th and 7th September.”