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posted 19 Nov 2010, 01:09 by RiDO Rotherham
During Global Entrepreneurship Week Rotherham Enterprise Board highlights a successful year and launches a major event - Rotherham Means Business 2011.

Over the past year the business led Rotherham Enterprise Board have concentrated their efforts on driving the spirit of enterprise within the borough, this has been achieved through a variety of innovative initiatives including Tablecloth Enterprise and Dragons’ Den events both of which have been funded by UK Steel Enterprise and a FREE mentoring programme.

Many individuals have benefited from these initiatives and with more planned for late 2010 into 2011 the benefits are set to continue.

2011 will see Rotherham Enterprise Board host the borough’s first Enterprise & Business Show. The event, which is FREE for delegates to attend, will be delivered in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Business Link Yorkshire.

The event will take place on the 10th March 2011 at Magna between 8:30am – 4pm and will offer pre start, early stage and established businesses excellent networking and development opportunities.

The event will boast a range of inspirational keynote speakers and practical seminars. In addition the show will feature a major Meet the Buyer opportunity for a whole range of businesses, key public sector organisations will be on hand to give large and small businesses alike an opportunity to pitch for business.

John Wainwright, Chair of Rotherham Enterprise Board said: “We envisage that Rotherham Means Business 2011 will offer budding entrepreneurs, early stage and established businesses the inspiration and vision to turn their dreams into reality.”

“The event will offer practical advice to anyone who is interested in setting up their own company, improving sales, developing local supply chains or achieving expansion plans. It will also offer excellent business to business networking opportunities alongside an extensive seminar programme.”

“The Board recognises the challenge thrown down by government for the business sector to lead us out of the deficit situation and is seizing this opportunity to put Rotherham and South Yorkshire squarely on the map.”

Further details of the event, including keynote speakers, will be released over the coming months via a dedicated website, which goes live on the 19th November 2010.

Delegates will also be able to reserve their FREE place at the event via this website or by contacting Business Link on 08456 048 048.

Rotherham Work and Skills Board, The Source and UK Steel Enterprise have all committed to support this unique event and with sponsorship and exhibitor packages still available anyone interested in taking advantage of the competitive rates are encouraged to visit the dedicated website or contact Rotherham Enterprise Board’s Enterprise Events Co-ordinator.

The Enterprise Board is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information on Rotherham Means Business 2011 or Rotherham Enterprise Board please contact the Enterprise Events Co-ordinator at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council on 01709 823816 or via email on