• East London small business champion announced
• Waltham Forest Business Network one of first to opt into new national business support network
• Part of national expansion for fast-growth SME representative body Enterprise Nation
An East London marketing expert has been named as the region's first small business champion by fast-growth network Enterprise Nation.
Jo Sealy, founder of To Market, based in Walthamstow, east London is one of an initial cohort of 12 key regional champions to be announced today/July 30 in a bid to extend important early-stage support to the growing number of new firms in east London.
Jo said: “It makes a great deal of sense to extend a nationally-integrated programme of support to entrepreneurs as they build a business. Enterprise Nation already has a proven track record in producing engaging, practical and accessible workshops and events as well as providing a much-needed campaigning voice for the small business community.
“Early stage intervention and support is a well-understood pathway to greater and more sustainable success. We look forward to welcoming businesses into the east London branch of the Enterprise Nation fold.”
Jo will curate events and networking for micro firms looking to improve their practical skills and knowledge as well as finding new firms to collaborate with and outsource to.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “The world of business has changed beyond recognition. As a consequence the support and business environment must quickly adapt.
“We think it’s important to extend the support for early-stage entrepreneurship across the UK - whether it’s gazelle-like tech firms - or people looking to improve their work life balance while providing for their family.
“We want to help east London's entrepreneurs build profitability whilst making the most of a skill or passion.
“Over the coming years we’ll see more, not less people working in this way and choosing a life of self-employment and enterprise. We need to be ready for that and deliver the advice and support they need to succeed.”
The network has already delivered £6m worth of support this year to British-based entrepreneurs through practical events, which saw it partner with global tech brands like Facebook, Microsoft and Constant Contact; its adviser marketplace, a massive StartUp 2015 event, its mentoring and free expert consultation calls for members.
The fast-growth network with an expanding 70K-strong membership across the UK, is also set to open a flagship northern growth hub in September, set in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, coupled with the staggered introduction of a strong national network of 150 regional champions.
For more information go to www.enterprisenation.com/champions
For more details contact or to arrange an interview call Liz Slee on 07540 060112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation is a small business network and business support provider with more than 70,000 members. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses – through expert advice, events, acceleration, networking and inspiring books. Enterprise Nation was founded in 2005 by Emma Jones MBE also co-founder of national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. She is author of best-selling business books including Spare Room Startup, Working 5 to 9, Go Global, Start a Business for £99 and the StartUp Kit. @e_nation
About Jo Sealy
Jo Sealy is an east London based marketing expert, founder of marketing agency
To Market, working with food, creative and technology businesses and is already very active in the east London start-up scene. She is founder of the Waltham Forest Business Network. She plans to curate workshops and events in east London and centrally-located, accessible venues. Follow Jo's progress on @e_nation and @jo_sealy and @to-market