An innovative business fair is being launched by Chester based Entrepreneur Neil Lewis. Neil has had an eventful business career to date. He successfully grew his first business to a point where it was worth approximately £12 million in 2007, but the recession has had a massive impact upon its success and it was closed last year.
“I’ve learnt more on the way down than the way up. The experiences you have on the way down are curiously more interesting. One of the greatest things I learned showed me that had I employed freelancers our vastly increased flexibility would have enabled us to whether the storm,” explained Neil.
Using his experiences he has recognised that entrepreneurs and businesses, whether intermediaries such as agencies or end users, can benefit from the added talent and flexibility that local freelancers can offer to help grow businesses, but entrepreneurs are often unsure where to find them. In contrast freelancers rarely get the opportunities to put themselves in front of businesses and often lack the experience to help maximize every opportunity.
The Enterprise & Freelance Fair is a place where businesses and agencies will be able to meet and recruit talented local freelancers, whilst freelancers and agencies can win better contract work and start building relationships with local companies. The fair includes two parallel workshops giving attendees the opportunities to learn how freelancers can help business gain the competitive advantage needed in today’s difficult economic climate.
At the end of the briefing session freelancers, companies and agencies are invited to mix, network and develop ways to collaborate and work together.
“Traditionally, recruiting freelancers has been slow and difficult, and never with the speed that is necessary to fill gaps and meet immediate needs. To meet our own requirement, we have begun to build extensive pools of highly talented – and local – freelancers. So, the Enterprise & Freelance Fair came about because we saw the need to develop local pools of freelance talent – and we thought if we need this to grow, then so will other entrepreneurs and business leaders – so why not set up a workshop to help more businesses connect with freelancers” said Neil.
This dynamic, information-rich day has three aims. To…
- Help freelancers win more and better business
- Show enterprises how local freelance talent can offer low-risk business growth
- Link freelancers and businesses together in profitable relationships
- Freelancers: will get at least three high-quality leads from potential clients
- Entrepreneurs: will meet at least three freelancers they could hire in the next six months
The first two Enterprise and Freelance Fair’s have been confirmed at Village Hotel, Warrington on 6th October and St David’s Park Hotel, Nr Chester on 7th October. For more information you can visit www.EnterpriseFreelanceFair.co.uk.
Notes for editors – About Neil Lewis and MediaModo
Neil Lewis is a media entrepreneur and business adviser based in the North West of England. A partner in MediaModo and the driving force behind new digital magazine Rags to Wreckages to
Riches, Neil has over 20 years experience in publishing and investment. His specialist skills include business strategy, online publishing and media plus business investment and start-ups.
Neil is soon to publish his first book on classic entrepreneurial mistakes and also regularly speaks at university and entrepreneurial networking events where he shares what he has learnt from his experiences. Neil and MediaModo offer a consultancy service to businesses and entrepreneurs. They recently won a North West Development Agency grant to develop a new entrepreneurial accreditation scheme that will revolutionise the way investors and entrepreneurs work together.