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Company of Merchant Adventurers launches new support initiative
ONE of York’s most historic business groups is launching a new service in a bid to share members’ knowledge and expertise with new entrepreneurs.
With a long and proud history dating back to the 14th century, the Company of Merchant Adventurers has launched a support initiative to help the new businesses of today.
Yesterday saw about 40 members and entrepreneurs meet at The Merchant Adventurers Hall for a forum to officially launch the service.
Speaking at the event was Merchant Adventurer Julian Richer, owner of hi-fi and television retailer Richer Sounds, who talked about his journey in business from selling record turntables aged 14 to running an empire of more than 50 stores nationwide.
The Merchant Adventurers plan to run a series of forums at the hall with keynote speakers which they say will “stimulate debate and create a thought-provoking and educational experience”.
The Adventurers will also offer advice and support on a one-to-one basis to entrepreneurs and chief executives of early-stage businesses through their mentoring programme which was also launched at the forum yesterday.
Fred Brown, governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers and chairman of London Ebor Developments, said: “CEOs of young growth companies are understandably focused on their business but at some stage they will need an experienced mentor who has already been there and done it.
“Our members can be just the people to provide that support through our mentoring programme.
“The Merchant Adventurers are dedicated to being an active force in the economic development of the city of York and the surrounding region and to identifying, encouraging and inspiring young entrepreneurs in York and the surrounding area.
“We see this new initiative as a key factor in the future prosperity of our city and region.”
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