Our accountants add to the success of Small Business Fair

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Our accountancy practice was among the companies on hand to support budding entrepreneurs at the city's Small Business Fair.

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers hosted an information stand at the fair which was supported by Chester MP and Small Business Ambassador Stephen Mosley.

The event took place at Chester University's Riverside Innovation Centre and attracted more than 200 people who are either thinking about setting up in business or are within their first three years of trading.

Organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council, in partnership with Chester University, the business fair gave people the opportunity to take part in a number of interactive workshops ranging from networking to social media skills.

Ellis & Co was invited by Stephen Mosley to take part in an earlier breakfast seminar alongside the Chester Chamber of Commerce, banks and SMEs. 

Stephen Mosley opened the fair by referring to the upturn in the economy and "green shoots" of recovery.

"The Prime Minister appointed me as Small Business Ambassador as he recognises the importance of small businesses in the UK," said Mr Mosley.

"Ninety-nine point nine per cent of the businesses in this country are small businesses and Chester has seen 3,000 start up businesses in the last three years.

"The Government recognises that it is the individuals who create these jobs, individuals who have the drive to get up and start employing people.

"Last year, 1 million young people started apprenticeships. The people in this room are making sure that they are provided with the support they need on the ground.

"This event is a great example of the chamber, university and the council bringing everyone interested in innovation together in one location. All the workshops have been booked up and I will be speaking to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills Matt Hancock to try and encourage people and councils across the country to follow suit and replicate the same model."

Principal Accountant Robert Ellis added: "Yesterday's event was a huge success as we were given the opportunity to network and meet a wide variety of up and coming entrepreneurs.

"We were on hand to give people on the spot business advice such as how to save tax by becoming a limited company and what it means to set up as a sole trader."


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