Advice and support for aspiring entrepeneurs in Lancaster will be available in Market Square today, Monday July 11.
Following a high-profile launch at Buckingham Palace as guests of the Duke of York, national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain will be in the city centre between 10am and 4.30pm.
New figures released by StartUp Britain for the tour show 340 new businesses were formed in Lancaster in the first six months of 2016.
This compares with 661 new businesses registered throughout 2015.
Now in its fifth year, the StartUp Britain tour, powered by NatWest and sponsored by 123 Reg and .uk, is visiting 30 towns and cities in the space of six weeks, a record number for the campaign.
Parking the bus in public squares and high streets, StartUp Britain recruits local entrepreneurs and experts to come on board and give free, impartial advice to anyone wanting to start or grow a business.
Visitors to the bus will be able to get inspiration and support from established local entrepreneurs, speak to a professional business mentor/coach from Hyndburn Enterprise Trust or Boost Business Lancashire, get business finance advice from NatWest, take the 123 Reg digital skills survey and trial its new digital online training platform, and receive a free .uk domain and £100 discounts on the 123 Reg Website Builder.
The bus’s visit to Lancaster is supported by Hyndburn Enterprise Trust, Boost Business Lancashire, First Phase Soft Landing, Great Women In Business, Vibe Tickets, ibd North West and others.
It is also supported by national partners including The Prince’s Trust, Entrepreneurial Spark, UnLtd and the Intellectual Property Office. Lancaster is the sixteenth stop on the tour – the bus is travelling on to Manchester, Nottingham, the South-West and Wales.