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Big week for entrepreneurs

Thursday 6th November 2014

A host of free activities to help create and grow local businesses will take place in the Great Yarmouth borough this month as part of a global campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, is staging the activities as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, a week-long campaign starting on Monday, November 17.

For two years running, the borough council has achieved High Impact status, a badge of honour from the campaign co-ordinator to identify the very best events run as part of the campaign.

This year looks set to be equally busy, with events based around the theme of Get Connected.

The week will kick off on Monday, November 17, with Get Connected at enterpriseGY, an opportunity for local businesses to meet a range of professionals who can help grow their business.

The guest speaker will be Lee Stratton, client manager with Aston Shaw, a local firm of accountants and tax advisors. Any business is invited to attend the session, which will run from noon to 2pm, at the Novus Centre, on The Conge. To register an interest in attending, or for more information, contact Angela Bacon on 0800 458 0146 or   

On Tuesday, November 18, enterpriseGY business advisors will hold self-employment sessions at Great Yarmouth College to promote to students the option of setting up their own businesses, and the support available from enterpriseGY.

Aiming to connect enterpriseGY directly to the college and to young people most likely to benefit from the advice, these outreach sessions will be run for students studying joinery and carpentry, hair and beauty, business, and media and fashion. 

Then on Friday, November 21, the enterpriseGY Enterprise Club, a popular monthly networking club for pre-start and recently-started businesses, will run at the Novus Centre, from noon to 2pm.

The guest speaker will be Anne Edwards, the editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, and the title of this month’s meeting is “Developing connection with your local press and media”.

The flagship event for the week will be the glittering awards evening for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2014, which will be held at the Town Hall on Friday, November 21.

The prestigious awards ceremony, now in its seventh year, is organised by enterpriseGY, and aims to celebrate and raise the profile of businesses across the borough of all sizes and all sectors. At the awards evening, the category winners and the overall 2014 Business of the Year will be revealed.



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24.11.17 - Christmas Light Switch-On
Christmas in Great Yarmouth gets officially underway on Friday as Her Worship the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Kerry Robinson Payne, takes to the stage to switch on the towns festive illuminations and Christmas tree lights. The Mayor will be joined by her special guest, the Michelin Star Celebrity Chef Galton Blackiston, to assist her in pushing down the all important Christmas Lights plunger.  The ceremony will form part of an evening of entertainment from 5.30pm with live music and a roof top firework display that coincides with the first day of the annual Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre and the opening of the real ice rink in the town centre. The entertainment takes place on The Beach Soundstage which has been moved this year along with the Christmas Tree to the market place on the north side of the covered market as its normal location in the market square is occupied by the real ice rink. There will be live singing and dancing from local theatre and dance schools ‘Centre Stage’ and ‘Iceni’ plus some upbeat Christmas tunes from top local pop artists Penny Hannant and Gaby Starbuck to warm up the crowd ahead of the countdown shortly before 7pm. Making the introductions and keeping an eye on the time will be The Beach, Radio Norwich and North Norfolk Radio presenters Rob Chandler and Paul Carter. Rob makes a welcome return to the Christmas Lights event having presented it for a number of years with former radio colleague Chrissie Jackson. Her Worship the Mayor and special guests will take to the stage to join in the countdown which will take place at 7.00pm with the switch on of the Christmas Lights immediately followed by a fantastic pyrotechnic display from the roof of Market Gates shopping centre. The live music will continue after the fireworks with a performance from the Invidia Voices Choir whilst town centre shops and Christmas Fayre stalls in the Minster and on the market place will be open until 8pm.   Free parking is available in all Borough Council town centre car parks from 4.00pm (except the Market Place) and the ice rink will be open for last admissions until 9pm.
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