Virgin Atlantic give Manchester entrepreneurs wings

"Most of the advice for start-ups and scale-ups is motivational. But building a business is all about execution," explained entrepreneur Piers Linney to the room of assembled business leaders at Virgin Atlantic’s recent Screw It Just Do It even in Manchester. "Tonight is all about advice and giving some value that will help you build a successful business."

Joining Piers were a varied collection of entrepreneurs, all keen to share their stories and personal insights. They included Manchester-based and Virgin StartUp backed Tarsier Spirit founders Tim Driver and Sherwin Acebuche, social entrepreneur Cemal Ezel whose Change Please brand recently launched on Virgin Trains and Virgin Active, as well as Candy Kittens and Rachel Vosper who have seen their products stocked on board Virgin Atlantic flights.

The night also saw local entrepreneur Amman Ahmed win a return trip to, after he submitted the best question to Piers ahead of the event. "Thanks so much for picking me. This will be a great help as I am planning on traveling more to the US for business," explained Amman, "as 65 per cent of our customers are American."

The event, the second to take place in Manchester in recent weeks, comes in the wake of the airline’s continued support of and investment in the local business community. With Virgin Atlantic expanding their routes from Manchester next summer they aim to help even more UK entrepreneurs scale-up and take their businesses stateside.

Entrepreneurs talk at a panel discussion

The expansion will see their Boston route increasing to three flights per week, the introduction of a Los Angeles a route, the Las Vegas service increasing to four times a week and daily Atlanta and New York flights, meaning connections to a huge number of US destinations.

To find out more about how being a Flying Co member can boost your business, just head over to the Virgin Atlantic website.


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