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Virgin Media launches online community for young entrepreneurs

Virgin Media launches online community for young entrepreneurs

Virgin Media and Enterprise UK have launched Virgin Media Pioneers, an innovative new online community, to bring together young entrepreneurs and established business experts.

By connecting young entrepreneurial talent to a network of peer support, entrepreneurial contacts and expert business advice, Virgin Media Pioneers aims to help build better businesses and close the gap between the number of young people with a great idea and those who are able to make it happen.

Virgin Media Pioneers will enable young entrepreneurs to share experiences and connect with other entrepreneurial people by posting video blogs, questions, comments and updates. Other community members can then add their feedback, through videos and text, and help turn young people into confident entrepreneurs.

Neil Berkett, chief executive at Virgin Media, said: ““The digital world can open up new opportunities and experiences for people from all backgrounds and, as a brand founded in entrepreneurial ambition, our partnership with Enterprise UK will help create an online environment that supports the needs of all potential entrepreneurs.”

Scott Cain, deputy chief executive of Enterprise UK, said: “Taking the support network online makes it accessible wherever aspiring entrepreneurs are and whenever they need it.

Opening up a world of business contacts and support will enable young entrepreneurs to take the first, second and every step along the journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Supported by skills development sessions and off line networking events, Virgin Media Pioneers will make a real difference to young entrepreneurs throughout the UK.”

NixonMcInnes, the social media specialist, worked with Virgin Media and Enterprise UK, to create the Virgin Media Pioneers community and delivered website design and build, brand identity and usability research and assessment.

Will McInnes, managing director, NixonMcInnes, says: “Young people are amongst those hardest hit during the recession. Many have fantastic business ideas but need help making them a reality. If the UK is going to generate the next Richard Branson, then we need to see more initiatives like Virgin Media Pioneers that provide young people with access to the contacts, advice and support they need to unlock their entrepreneurial talent. ”

There are three core elements to Virgin Media Pioneers:

• Virgin Media Pioneers Online - an online community for young entrepreneurs to learn new skills, share ideas and connect with entrepreneurial people like them. Virgin Media Pioneers will enable community members to share experiences, tips and advice online and via regular video blogs

• Virgin Media Pioneers: Spark Your Ideas – a series of skills development sessions and networking events to help support the enterprising activity taking place online

• Virgin Media Pioneers: The Awards – an annual award ceremony to recognise the achievements of the Pioneer community

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For more information, please contact:

Virgin Media Corporate PR: Emma Hutchinson +44 (0) 20 7299 5702

Gareth Mead +44 (0) 20 7299 5703

NixonMcInnes Louise Greeves + 44 (0) 1273 764021

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