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bmi regional seats for startups


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Do you have a sales prospect in Paris, do you see a market opportunity in Munich?

If you are a new or emerging business in the Bristol or Bath area, you could be flying to these and other European destinations as part of our bmi regional seats for startups initiative!

Seats for Startups is a brand new scheme we’ve launched in association with Engine Shed Bristol and UK Trade & Investment, to help businesses in the South West expand and open up new markets in Europe.

Every month we’ll be selecting up to three companies who we’ll fly to any of our European destinations from Bristol, where they can do business. You’ll also be given a business advice session courtesy of UKTI - for free!

Any business based within 50 miles of Bristol with a turnover of less than £500,000 which has been trading for less than five years is eligible to apply.

Interested? All you need to do is tell us a bit about your business, provide us with your URL, tell us where you want to go from our list of destinations, and tell us what you’d look to do when you get there.

Applications will be judged by representatives from bmi regional, Engine Shed and UKTI.








1 - Every month bmi regional will fly up to three businesses to any of its European and UK destinations from Bristol and back

2 - bmi regional will provide up a return ticket for each business to its chosen destination

3 - The winner(s) can choose to travel with bmi regional to one of the following destinations from Bristol Airport:
Paris (CDG), Aberdeen, Milan, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Bern, Brno, Norrkoping, Rostock. Travel dates are subject to availability and need to be booked a minimum of 14 days in advance.

4 - Flights are subject to availability and must be taken within a three month period of the business being chosen

5 - bmi regional will only provide the flights inclusive of taxes, no hotel accommodation or other travel expenses will be provided

6 - Businesses wanting to qualify for flights can apply via the bmi regional LinkedIn page, and fill in the application form

7 - Applications are open to businesses in a 50 mile radius of Bristol Airport, that have been trading for less than five years as of 1 March 2016 and showed a turnover of less than £500,000  in its last annual accounts

8 - The winning businesses will be chosen by representatives of bmi regional, The Engine Shed Bristol and bmi regional

9 - The judges are not obliged to select three businesses every month, they may select less if not enough fulfil the criteria

10 - The winning businesses will agree to be interviewed before and after the trip, and their stories may be featured on bmi regional’s social media channels as well as in the press as part of a PR push

11 - The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12 - bmi regional will be responsible for the payment of taxes and charges in respect of the ticket.

13 - The judges cannot accept responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending email is not proof of receipt of entry. Entry cannot be accepted if all details are not provided.

14 - bmi regional reserve the right to provide an alternative prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason

15 - The prize winner is solely responsible for declaring details of any award provided under the promotion to HMRC and for paying any tax liability which may arise

16 - The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this promotion and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any actual, anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event

17 - By participating in this promotion, the prize winner grants the promoter permission to use their name and likeness for future promotional purposes without additional compensation (except where prohibited)

18 - All entrants details can be added to bmi regional database

19 - This offer is subject to restricted availability and does not represent entitlement to book to travel on a specific route on a specific date.  Your seat will be booked in a promotional booking class. 

All bmi regional flights and fare types applicable to this offer are capacity controlled and subject to availability at the time of booking. 

Availability is more restrictive during peak periods.  Greater promotional seat availability is offered on off-peak and high frequency services. Typically availability is limited on European flights on Monday mornings, Thursday/Friday/Sunday afternoon and evenings.  During holiday periods and special events availability is very restricted.

20 - These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.