StartUp Britain bus to visit record 30 towns in summer StartUp Tour

StartUp Tour map - for use in England and Wales - SMALLNational enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, run by the Centre for Entrepreneurs, is hitting the road again this summer to provide inspiration and support to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Now in its fifth year, the StartUp Britain bus tour, powered by NatWest, will visit a record 30 towns and cities over six weeks.

The StartUp Tour is part of an ongoing partnership between StartUp Britain and NatWest that takes a beautiful 1966 Routemaster bus, owned by the bank, across the country to promote entrepreneurship. Parking in high-footfall town squares and offering free, impartial advice, the bus tour celebrates entrepreneurial communities across Britain and inspires individuals to turn their business ideas into action.

The StartUp Tour will have a distinctly local flavour this year, with energetic entrepreneurs recruited in each town to get on board and give advice. They will be joined by local ‘experts’ including accountants, lawyers and professional business advisors. Also on-board will be representatives of national partners including the Intellectual Property Office, the National Enterprise Network and the British Library Business & IP Centre Network.

Centre for Entrepreneurs and StartUp Britain director, Matt Smith said: “Interest in entrepreneurship is higher than ever and the only thing holding many people back from trying out a business idea is some encouragement and support.

“By connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with those a few steps ahead of them, as well as supportive local organisations, we want to give people the confidence to turn their ideas into reality”.

Julie Baker, head of enterprise at NatWest, said: “Our mobile business bus is a great way to get into local communities and support aspiring business owners. By collaborating with StartUp Britain and local experts, we hope to provide a broader range of support to help more entrepreneurs realise their business ambitions than ever before”.

While visiting each location, the Centre for Entrepreneurs team will also be hosting roundtables on-board with business and community leaders to discuss the health of the local entrepreneurship ecosystem and what more can be done to boost entrepreneurship locally. 

The StartUp Tour is set to visit 30 locations across England, Wales and Scotland, starting in London on 13th June and returning on 29th July. The bus will be parking in a range of prominent positions including Victoria Square in Birmingham, Lemon Quay in Truro, Queen Street in Cardiff and Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. It will also be visiting Liverpool ONE, Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, Salisbury, Perth, Sunderland and Norwich, among many others.