Cameron launches entrepreneurship campaign

Prime minister David Cameron has launched a major initiative in an attempt to boost entrepreneurship in the UK.

The nationwide ‘Business in You’ campaign aims to inspire potential entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and to encourage existing small businesses to grow.

The campaign features entrepreneur case studies to convey the message that there is a ‘business in everyone’.

Such ambassadors include Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, one of the ten fastest growing private companies in the UK. Jamal Edwards, the 21-year-old founder of SBTV, an innovative broadcast company which has amassed more than 50 milllion YouTube views, is also featured.

Launching the campaign in front of an audience in Leeds, Cameron said, ‘Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the British economy and I am determined that we, working with the private sector, do everything we can to help them to start up and to grow in 2012.

‘I want to encourage people to go for it and make this the year of enterprise – whether that is fulfilling their dream of starting a new business or taking the leap to grow their business, to employ more staff, or to start exporting.’

The initiative will draw on the resources of a number of private sector partners to offer potential entrepreneurs advice on starting up, including workshops, web-based seminars and video tutorials, covering topics such as finding finance and mentors.

Michael Hayman, co-founder of programme partner StartUp Britain added, ‘Is there a business inside you? We believe the answer is yes and we want to inspire those with a dream to make it a reality by starting their own business.’

Click here to visit the Business in You website.

Entrepreneurship courses hailed as key to UK business future

Courses to teach enterprise in schools is the most important priority to create more entrepreneurs in the UK, finds research.

Courses to teach enterprise in schools is the most important priority to create more entrepreneurs in the UK, finds research.

According to a study of 500 business people by private bank Coutts & Co, 29 per cent of respondents cite entrepreneurship courses as the most important factor, followed by the creation of ‘entrepreneurial apprentices’ (28 per cent).

One in four entrepreneurs believes that the top driver to enable Britain to become more of an enterprise economy is to reduce business tax burden (25 per cent) followed by a reduction in regulation (24 per cent).

Managing Partner at Coutts Entrepreneurs Andrew Haigh says, ‘What’s important is to get real life entrepreneurs and business owners together with school pupils and university students, so that setting up a business is seen as a valid career option.

‘Our own research shows that the top personal traits attributed to entrepreneurs’ success as business owners are perseverance and drive, passion and ambition.’

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