Is something special taking place in the Dundee start-up scene?

All year the Virgin Media Business team have been out on the road, bringing business advice, some heated debates and its pitching competition with a difference to many of the UK’s brightest entrepreneurial hubs through the Voom Tour 2017.

Things will be no difference for the final leg of the 2017 tour, which takes place at Dundee's City Square on November 9th between 10am and 5pm. Those who attend will have the opportunity to get some free one-on-one business advice sessions with representatives from the likes of JCDecaux, Crowdfunder and Virgin StartUp. There’ll also be a panel discussion covering the hottest topics affecting UK business today, as well as the pitching competition - where the winner will walk away with £5,000.

Dundee is itself the perfect place to conclude the tour, with the city currently on quite a journey of its own. Having recently been named the ‘coolest city in the UK’ by GQ Magazine, Dundee followed this up last week when the Wall Street Journal listed it as one of the '10 hottest destinations in the world’.

"A coastal college town, Dundee has emerged as Scotland's coolest city (see the old public library turned underground club). In 2018 the V&A Museum of Design will debut as the centrepiece of a $1.5 billion transformation of the faded riverfront," noted the WSJ. "Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new V&A will celebrate the country's unsung design heritage - from jute to Minecraft."

And yet it's not just a cultural shift that's taking place within the city, business in Dundee is also taking on a new face.

There’s certainly a feeling amongst many of the local entrepreneurs that something special is underway in the city. This view was endorsed by Mhairi Towler, Director at Dundee based business Vivomotion - a highly innovative start-up that communicates science by creating stunning animations.

"If you want to start a business in Dundee now is the right time to do it, as Dundee is a burgeoning city with lots of new opportunities. The business culture here is dynamic and keen to grow as the city redevelops," explains Towler.

“The best things about doing business in Dundee is the vibrant business scene and support network here.  It is easy to get to know people within the business community, as Dundee is a small city so it’s great for networking.  With the current redevelopment of the city there is great optimism and ambition with a particular global outlook."

When pressed on any drawbacks of operating out of the city, Towler was quick to point out that many of the issues stem from a reputation Dundee picked up a long time ago - with many people unaware of the changes currently afoot.

"The downside of doing business in Dundee is perhaps that people have negative perceptions of the city, which are not based on the current state of play here," she explains. "People need to come and see how things have changed. "

Well said Mhairi – that’s a sentiment we couldn’t agree more with. We’ll be at Dundee for what promises to be a lively end to an epic Voom Tour 2017, so join us there. For more information on running order, as well as how to sign up for the pitching competition, head over to the Virgin Media Business website.

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