The winner of the first series of The Apprentice will give advice to budding entrepreneurs at the Islington Enterprise Fair next week.After spending two years with Sir Alan Sugar’s company Amstrad following his success on the BBC television show, Tim Campbell now helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get involved with business.
Campbell’s Bright Ideas Trust has organised the Enterprise Fair with Islington Council to give prospective and established business owners the chance to meet successful local and national entrepreneurs.
“People can come to the fair and hear about finances and how to give a sales pitch,” Campbell said in an interview with Islington Now. “I’ll also stay around to give more advice if people are interested.”
He said it was important to advise people about business on the local level. “There has been a big national campaign to get people involved in business but we need to get talk to people locally,” he added.
Despite the current economic climate, Tim Campbell thinks it’s as good a time as any to start a new business.
“There’s no right or wrong time to start a business and at the moment there are a lot of opportunities to create something new. The most important thing is to do your research; if you do spot an opportunity now the only way is up.”
Campbell will be joined by Andrew Eastwood from Barclays bank, Adejare Doherty from the Wholeleaf Co., Paul Williams from Savills and Nick Jenkins from Moonpig at the Fair. Lucy Watt, councillor and deputy leader of Islington Council, said she was excited about the event.
“Islington’s businesses are vital and the council is committed to supporting and encouraging them,” she said. “This Enterprise Fair is part of our ongoing work and a great chance for businesses new and old to come and get advice and help about how to thrive.”
She agreed with Campell that the day will be extremely useful: “The next Alan Sugar is out there – the Enterprise Fair can help point them in the right direction.”
The Islington Enterprise is free to all Islington businesses and will be held at Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street on 18 March from 9am to 4pm.
Image credit – Bright ideas trust