Southwest startups: prepare to take flight with Seats for Startups competition

Each month three Bristol & Bath startups could win return flights to Europe to help them expand their business internationally
14th March 2016

Are you ready to take your business to new heights? The Seats for Startups competition, an initiative led by BMI Regional, Engine Shed and UK Trade & Investment, has landed and ready for takeoff!

The scheme is offering three businesses each month free return flights from Bristol to a multitude of European destinations including Paris, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and more – enabling South West startups new opportunities to meet business prospects face-to-face without blowing the budget.

“It’s important that new businesses can work with their customers, wherever they are, so this will hopefully bring about opportunities for companies in Bristol and Bath to grow”

 

Aimed at young enterprises in the Bristol and Bath area who want to expand into the new UK and European markets, winners of the competition will also benefit from a one-hour consultation with an expert coach at UKTI to provide invaluable advice about business growth.

nick-sturgeNick Sturge, Director of Engine Shed (pictured right), says: “We’re pleased to be offering companies the opportunity to promote their businesses overseas and are glad that BMI Regional and UKTI are working together with us on this. It’s important that new businesses can work with their customers, wherever they are, so this will hopefully bring about opportunities for companies in Bristol and Bath to grow.”

“Seats for Startups is about helping South Western entrepreneurs, allowing them to connect in person with new business leads”

 

Jochen Schnadt, COO of BMI Regional adds: “Seats for Startups is about helping South Western entrepreneurs, allowing them to connect in person with new business leads and this new initiative is entirely in line with our philosophy that our business is about enabling business and connecting people and enterprises. Despite the increasing digitisation of our worlds, it’s always great to build real in person relationships.”

Get involved

Seats for Startups is open to any local business that has been trading less than five years, have a turnover of less than £500k per annum and are within 50 miles of Bristol Airport, but they can be flexible on this last one.

All businesses need to do to win the flights is to describe in less than 500 words who they are, where they want to go and what they hope to achieve by going there. Applications are now open – enter now to win next month’s competition.

Stay up-to-date with the competition and its winners by following Seats for Startups supporters on Twitter: @bmiregional and @EngineShed_BB.