Virgin Trains to host on-board business clinic with Levi Roots and Jamal Edwards

Five places available for one-off competition offering advice and coaching from three business leaders on train from London to Edinburgh

Virgin Trains has enlisted the help of Dragons’ Den success story Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots, SBTV founder Jamal Edwards MBE and Rodial founder Maria Hatzistefanis for the launch of a one-off business clinic competition on its train route from London to Edinburgh.

Running on 27 October, five winning start-ups will have the length of the journey to receive advice and coaching on topics including starting a business, building and growing your brand and managing success from all three business leaders.

Start-ups from any sector are invited to apply for the competition, with winners chosen by a team from Virgin Trains.

The launch comes in response to research from the train company suggesting that 60% of Brits find it easier to work on a train than a plane, bus or car. The study also found that while nearly 50% would like to start a business, they are prevented by lack of funds (48%), fear of failure (23%) and lack of support and advice (48%).

Aspiring entrepreneurs also feared the possibility of debt (39%) and failure (20%) once the business is up and running.

Roots said: “Having established my own business, I understand the barriers that people face when starting from scratch. It’s hard to know where to begin and therefore having the correct support can make the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t.

“That’s why I’ve teamed up with Virgin Trains to host their Business Clinic, providing budding business founders with the knowledge and advice they need to succeed.”

David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains, added: “At Virgin Trains, we really value entrepreneurial spirit and want to play a role in keeping it alive. What better way to do this than by bringing together leading business people with aspiring entrepreneurs on one of our newly refurbished trains.”

Apply for Virgin Trains’ Business Clinic here.

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