Igniting confidence to fuel start-up success with inspiring sessions

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Mar 2018

BUDDING entrepreneurs looking to start new ventures will be able to learn from some of the region’s biggest success stories when a series of popular sessions start next month. 

For Entrepreneurs Only has restarted its free Ignition programme this spring, to encourage new business owners to confidently get their businesses off the ground with the help and guidance of successful peers. 

Hosted by The Sewell Group at The Sewell Studio in Hull, over seven Wednesday evening sessions, the programme is presented by some of our region’s top entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurs give their time and experience to help start-ups avoid some of the pitfalls and problems that occur in the early stages of running a business.

The programme includes real-life business stories to provide those taking part with invaluable tried-and-tested hints and tips from experienced Hull and East Riding business owners. 

These include Paul Sewell, Jonathan Elvidge, Antony Eltherington, Mike Rice, Joyce Clappison and more.

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FEO member and director Jonathan Elvidge, previous owner of The Gadget Shop and Red5 and now co-founder of Moodbeam, helped to design the programme. 

“It is fantastic to see such enthusiastic start-ups each time,” he said. “There can be no doubt that businesses that might have otherwise stalled or failed will develop and prosper as a direct result of this programme.  

“There can be no better reason to be involved, and for anyone starting up, I can’t think of a better source of information, inspiration and support.”

From left, Chris Hees, John Gilbert and Christina Colmer McHugh

Delegates also receive help and advice from FEO key partners,  including Cranswick PLC, Gosschalks, Hugh Rice, KCOM, Lloyds Bank, Smailes Goldie and Strawberry about funding their ventures, managing cash flow, gathering critical information about intellectual property and setting goals for the future.

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FEO chief executive Jan Brumby said: “This is our 12th Ignition series and, because we have the freedom to tweak it year on year, it can always match the changing needs of start-up entrepreneurs.

“What makes Ignition unique is that it’s delivered by people with real-life experiences – there’s certainly no chance of death by PowerPoint.

“Also, it’s critical that new business owners are exposed to positive, can-do role models who will boost their confidence and mindset when it comes to dealing with setbacks and problems, of which there will be many.”

2017 Ignition delegate Mike Burnett, director of Humber Clean said: “Ignition is a great programme with like-minded people on a similar journey. I would highly recommend it.”

Anyone who is in the early stages of starting a business and interested in attending the programme  should apply today (Friday, March 23). 

For more information, including session dates, visit All session dates and information can be found at www.forentrepreneursonly.co.uk/events

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