Welsh Entrepreneur appointed as Business Ambassador for Branson’s Virgin Media

Welsh entrepreneur appointed business ambassador for Branson’s Virgin Media Pioneers initiative

6th February 2013

Welsh entrepreneur appointed business ambassador for Branson’s Virgin Media Pioneers initiative

• Welsh entrepreneur selected as Regional Ambassador for Virgin Media Pioneers programme
• Forthcoming event to encourage young people with big ideas in Wales

Sir Richard Branson has opted for a bit of ‘Pinkspiration’ in his search for the voice of Virgin Media Pioneers in Wales to inspire more young people to start their own businesses.

Lisa Marie Brown, an award-winning social entrepreneur, who’s ‘Design Factor’ projects have been regenerating parts of Wales has been crowned as an ambassador for her homeland, hoping to unearth and encourage the next budding Branson.

With nearly one in four young people currently unemployed, Virgin Media Pioneers is a free, online community connecting young, entrepreneurial talent to a network of peer-to-peer support, with video blogs, engaging TV series and expert professional mentoring and advice.

Lisa will be one of only twelve entrepreneurs across the UK acting as Regional Pioneer Ambassadors, with each volunteer given support to deliver events in their region and act as an on-going ambassador for the Pioneers community to help inspire and transform the prospects of young people in Wales.

The 31-year-old from Cardiff runs Pinkspiration, a social enterprise for young people to learn new business skills. One of their projects, Design Factor, aims to encourage young people to think about starting up their own businesses while transforming neglected communities.

Communities within Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Cardiff have been chosen for regeneration initiatives, with three projects completed so far, including the Hope Centre in Newport, which rebuilt after being burned down by arsonists.
Lisa said: “Virgin Media Pioneers has made a real difference. Young people are full of great ideas but don’t always have the know-how or the contacts to make them happen. The Pioneers community can help change that.

“They can meet like-minded people, gain experience and skills and open doors to achieve their dream of running their own business – which is a great way for us to invest in our local area and create jobs.”

Sir Richard Branson, Pioneer-at-Large for Virgin Media Pioneers, said: “There is a huge amount we can do to unlock entrepreneurial potential and Virgin Media Pioneers is empowering young entrepreneurs to fulfil their dreams of owning and managing successful businesses.

“Starting up your own business is a big challenge and many of the obstacles are daunting and, at times, can seem insurmountable. But with the right support and expert advice young entrepreneurs can find their way and Virgin Media Pioneers will be with them every step of the way.”

Details will be released on the Virgin Media Pioneers website, www.virginmediapioneers.com, of the regional events shortly.