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The dos and don'ts of starting your own business with Loughborough University and Cocoa Amore

Free - Limited spaces available!

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place Careers & Enterprise Hub, 14 Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EA
event Tuesday 09th November | 10:00am
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local_offer Free - Limited spaces available!

Event Overview

This event is ideal for young, ambitious professionals interested in starting a business themselves or who have ever considered being their own boss.

Free - Limited spaces available!

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Key takeaways

This talk will be ran by Loughborough University Incubator manager Pete Hitchings & Cocoa Amore managing director Peter Gardener, alongside Generation Next partner Loughborough College.

Key takeaways from this session will include:

An opportunity to learn about the college’s recently launched Business Startup Accelerator Programme, which could provide you with:

  • Coaching – guidance on how to rapidly test new ideas and set up and grow new business ventures
  • Training – expert-led workshops and virtual resources designed to help you develop all elements of your business, from business modelling to finance to marketing
  • Connections – signposting and support to access networks across the region to progress your business idea
  • Workspace – access to flexible shared office space in Loughborough town centre
  • Funding – the potential to access funding toward follow on workspace (post-programme)

Learn more here.

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Our host

Pete Hitchings

Icubator Manager at Loughborough University

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Pete Hitchings

Icubator Manager at Loughborough University

Pete leads Loughborough University’s business Incubator, LU Inc.
He has over 10 years’ experience within or supporting early-stage businesses. He has deigned programmes for space enabled technologies as part of the UK Space Agency’s Space Incubator Network, coordinated knowledge exchange projects connecting Universities and small businesses, and helps local government, universities, workspaces and community groups across Leicestershire to join forces to support early-stage entrepreneurs.

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Peter Gardener

Managing Director of Cocoa Amore

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Peter Gardener

Managing Director of Cocoa Amore

Hospitality & Retail expert with 20 years of Management Experience. A proven track record of building award-winning teams and profitable businesses. Multi site management of 3 Independently owned chocolate shops and Online company.
I’m privileged to be able to lend my experience in a mentor capacity at the Peter Jones enterprise Academy. When students need a little direction rooted in business principles they can rely on me to deliver. My commercial activities supplement my mentoring and pro bono work with up and coming Entrepreneurs. It’s very rewarding to support the next generation and hopefully make their journey to success that little bit easier.
Proud to serve as Non executive Advisory Board member to MBD, which is a Leicester based digital arts agency specializing in VR and Augmented Reality story telling. ‘One of the 100 Ones to watch’ UK createch.

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Covering the dos and don’ts of business

Peter Gardner from Cocoa Amore will cover his business journey, including the failures that have got him to this point and the plans he has for the next five to 10 years.

Cocoa Amore is an established chocolatier business based in Leicester

Book your place

For any queries, please contact gennext@emc-dnl.co.uk. If you are not a Generation Next member but would like to attend this event, please get in touch to claim your free trial.