StartUp Britain, a government-backed enterprise initiative, is hoping to inspire thousands of people to start their own businesses by taking a road trip around the UK with a bus-load of start-up experts.

The tour began at Canary Wharf on June 22nd but will be reaching the length and breadth of Britain with daily stops until August 7th.

Free workshops, mentoring and one-one-one advice will be provided to both aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up owners.

This annual bus tour is now in its fourth year, but this year’s target is particularly ambitious with an overall aim to reach a record-breaking 600,000 start-ups for 2015 – an increase of around 20,000 on previous years.

Matt Smith, StartUp Britain Director, pointed out that there had already been record-breaking number of UK start-ups since the campaign started in 2011.

“The entrepreneurial spirit within Britain continues to grow,” he said.

“By parking the StartUp Britain bus in town squares across the country, we want to give people the confidence and inspiration to turn their business ideas into reality.”

Where will the StartUp Britain bus be stopping?

Tour stops over the summer include:

  • London Pride
  • Newcastle
  • Middlesbrough
  • York
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Swansea
  • Cardiff
  • Plymouth
  • Bournemouth
  • Swindon
  • Brighton
  • Margate
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Dundee
  • Aberdeen
  • Inverness

Business software company Sage, the NatWest Mobile Business School and the government-backed start-up loans company Upwork will be supporting the tour.

Lee Perkins,Managing Director of Sage UK & Ireland, said:

“We work with a thriving community of entrepreneurs and business owners who drive the UK economy.

“It’s our mission to support the UK’s small businesses and start-ups and we can’t wait to meet some of the country’s hottest entrepreneurial talent aboard the StartUp Britain bus!”

Visit the StartUp Britain website to find out more about registering for this event.