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If you have ever wondered whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur then Shawn’s new video –  5 Ways to know that you are an Entrepreneur – can give you the confirmation you need. Are you a natural risk taker – who sees opportunity not problems? Or do you believe that you can do things better and make a real difference? Then, if you are not an entrepreneur perhaps you should be.

Shawn’s second video outlines, what he believes, are the key things that will make you an entrepreneur. Take 5 minutes out of your day to watch 5 Ways to know that you are an Entrepreneur – it could be the start of a whole new direction….

The job is based at York House and reports into the Marketing Director. It is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop and grow in a dynamic and exciting environment. The salary is negotiable based on a 37 hour working week (9.00 to 5.30 Monday to Thursday and 9.00 to 5.00 on Friday)

Coras was set up in 2013 with the aim of identifying, supporting, mentoring and investing start ups and SMEs. We develop and support new business and are always on the look for great new ideas. We are involved in networking, business workshops as well as running our own gala events to select excellent new business ideas that need investment.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate would:

  • Implement and manage all marketing activities in line with agreed business strategy; with al activities co-ordinated and delivered on time and budget
  • Define execute marketing plan to include appropriate digital and traditional marketing campaigns
  • Build and maintain social media presence, creating and publishing regular content
  • Manage and develop company website including structure and content through our CMS system
  • Manage agencies and other suppliers involved in providing services to support the marketing function
  • Create and deliver engaging, persuasive and professional written content for on and off-line proposals
  • Improve brand positioning by planning an delivering white papers, case studies, newsletters, email campaigns, press releases and blog posts
  • Work closely with the sales team to develop marketing plans to support revenue and growth targets
  • Report on outcomes of marketing activities to ensure we can measure effectiveness
  • Organise and attend events such as conferences, seminars, receptions and exhibitions.
Skills and Experience
  • A minimum of 4 years marketing experience in developing and driving activities that support business development objectives
  • Excellent project management, organisation, time management, prioritisation and multi-tasking skills
  • Highly creative with experience in identifying target audiences and devising campaigns that engage, inform and motivate
  • Ability to develop marketing collateral across all formats
  • Experience in setting up and optimizing Google campaigns
  • Solid knowledge of website analytics tools
  • Experience in using CMS systems
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight timelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Relevant qualifications
To apply please send in a CV and covering letter to

Prestige Network and Prestige Network Properties – two of our sponsors –  want to fill 6 new positions and they will pay you £250 if you introduce a successful applicant to the business

Prestige Network Properties, based in Newbury, is looking for a Property Business Manager/PA to the Director. For further information click here. 
Prestige Network, one of the country’s largest translation and networking services, is expanding at a rapid rate. It is  currently recruiting for five new positions based at their new Head Office in Newbury.
* Business Development Manager – Public Sector
* Translation Project Manager
* Marketing Manager
* Customer Service & Account Coordinator
* Customer Support & Sales Associate
If you know someone who is interested – or if you are interested – then for more information please visit

We trailed them before Christmas and now they are going live. The first of Shawn’s videos is now available. Shawn has an interesting story to tell. Known for his frank and honest approach to life and business, here Shawn goes into his background,  the mistakes he has made and what has led to his success so far. To view the video click here.

If there are any areas that you would like him to cover in the future – or if you have any questions on what you have seen here then please get in touch on

International Gums and Oils, the Coras 2015 winner, goes from strength to strength since the initial investment and ongoing mentoring from Coras. They are now receiving further support from from the Welsh government, Finance Wales, Xenos Investment and the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. Bangor University has chosen IGO as the first Welsh company to help them create plant products.  They are also in further talks with large cosmetic companies and are on the brink of launching a new product. Visit them on

Shawn & Dr. Ali

Shawn & Dr. Ali

After 3 great years at Greenham Park Coras has moved its offices to York House in Newbury Town Centre

Welcome to Coras’ new home at York House, London Road. While our time at Greenham Park gave us the opportunity to meet and work with some great businesses and start – ups, we are delighted to be in the town centre. We are looking forward to be right in the middle of a growing, vibrant town with massive development potential.

Look out for updates from us soon and news on our forthcoming events.

Coras 2016 and how you could be involved

Following the success of the Coras 2015 event in May, Coras is now looking expanding its reach beyond the traditional Newbury boundaries to work with and support new start ups and entrepreneurs in the wider Reading/Thames Valley area.

The drive for this expansion came from the reaction from Coras 2015 –  a lot of interest was expressed from businesses and organisations in the Thames Valley area in our offering given the clear dynamism and growth in Reading.

In response to this feedback, our first event will be a free business seminar aimed at new business/ entrepreneurs. We want to give businesses and organisations in Newbury and Reading the opportunity to join us to support and get involved with our target audience.

We do not want to work in isolation and are looking to form partnerships with sponsors and supporters. We are currently talking to a number of organisations to develop the seminar to ensure that it is appropriate and meaningful to the audience.

The benefit to our sponsors and supporters is:

  • Reading and the Thames Valley is a vibrant area that is developing rapidly and Coras will organise, promote and deliver a business seminar spearheaded by a successful entrepreneur
  • This will provide you with the platform to meet, network and influence this  key audience
  • We see this as an initial step and would look to develop our relationship with businesses in this area – it will be your chance to get in at the beginning of this journey.

What we want from our sponsors

  • Financial support of between £5,000 and £10,000

What we want from our supporters

  • Financial support of between £500 and £1,000

What we offer our sponsors

  1. Joint billing with Coras and association on the website for 12months
  2. 15 minute presentation at the seminar
  3. Showcasing your product and services at the seminar to include your printed material on display and to give away
  4.  Inclusion in all PR and publicity managed by Coras – including video and social media

What we offer our supporters

  1. Logo included in all material and on our website for 12 months
  2. 5 minute presentation at the seminar
  3. Showcasing your product and services at the seminar to include your printed material on display and to give away

Shawn’s introductory speech from Coras 2015 is now available and is vital listening for anyone who has entrepreneurial ambitions and is trying to get their business off the ground.

Shawn is an entrepreneur who has built a very successful business and now helps others realises their ambitions. Here he goes into further detail about the purpose of Coras and how it aims to support new business. He also explains what it means to be an entrepreneur , what defines an entrepreneur and the three key things common to any entrepreneur.

Click on the link below to watch the video.


The initiative in which local businesses can apply to win cash, business mentoring and investment of £25K is well underway. Following the successful competition last year, Coras 2014 has been inviting applications from talented entrepreneurs to present their ideas. The winning business will be announced at the black tie Award Ceremony on 1st May 2014 at the Newbury Hilton Centre Hotel.

Shawn Khorassani, the founder of Coras said, “We have had an excellent start since we opened the competition with high quality applicants. Coras is a great platform for new businesses not only to compete for the winning prize, but also to get their name out in the business world.” The company has received a great number of applications from a wide range of organisations and is still inviting local businesses to send their proposals in via

Last year’s winner, Fields of Fun, received a generous cash prize and is still benefiting from business mentoring from Shawn Khorassani. Coras- generated publicity also brought the winner its first contract. To apply, visit




Apply for Coras 2014


Are you a start up or SME or even have a great business idea which you are ready to implement? Then Coras 2014 is your perfect platform to launch your business or take it to the next level.

Simply apply and get a chance to get…

  1. £1000 Cash Prize
  2. 12 Month Mentoring from a self made millionaire
  3. Opportunity to get an investment of up to £25,000 in your company

The winner will be announced at a gala evening on Thursday 1st May 2014 at Hilton Hotel Newbury – Good luck!

Find out more…


New Businesses to Apply for Cash and £25K Investment from Coras


Following the great success of Coras2013 in May, where a winning local business was awarded a cash prize and business mentoring, applicants are now invited to apply for Coras2014.

Shawn Khorassani, local entrepreneur and founder of Coras said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback after May’s Award Ceremony where a local start-up company Fields of Fun became the winner of Coras2013. Newbury is a buzzing place with many talented businesspeople and we wish to extend our support to their new businesses next year.”

Coras is inviting applicants from local start-up businesses to take advantage of a £1,000 cash prize and a twelve month mentoring from Shawn Khorassani. Furthermore, there is an investment opportunity of £25,000 that the winning applicant can tap into. Application form is available to complete online at

Coras has also announced the details of its 2014 Awards Ceremony. The date will be the 1st of May 2014 and will again be held at the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel. The General Manager of the hotel, Sam Farmer, said: “We are proud to support Coras2014 and wish all the applicants best of luck. Our hotel is looking forward to welcoming the talented local businesspeople and to duplicate the huge success of the 2013 Gala evening next year.”

Coras is also welcoming organisations that wish to be part of the project team for Coras2014 to contact them via

New Businesses to Apply for Cash and £25K Investment from Coras

Caption 1: Coras2013 Finalists – Sharon Moore of Baby Ballerinas, Natalie Ash of Fields of Fun – Winner of Coras2013, Melanie Millin of Love Kombucha UK, Debi Richens and Simon Tyler of Fitelle and Julia and Gary Brown of Track Your

Caption 2: Shawn Khorassani of Coras with Sam Farmer, General Manager of Hilton Newbury Centre

About Coras… Coras is a platform for Shawn Khorassani to help nurture business talent and bring his years of experience to companies and individuals who have the vision to leave a lasting legacy through the creation of well-run and successful enterprises. The background to Shawn’s business achievements can be followed at

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