Entrepreneurial Brits: 80 per cent want start their own business

A study from tech retailer Ebuyer.com has found that 80 per cent of Brits are entrepreneurial and have aspired to set up their own business.

There were 644,750 company incorporations in the UK in the twelve months to 31 March 2017 and with the popularity of online, handmade marketplaces such at Etsy and Not On The High Street, there are more opportunities than ever to become your own boss. But will this entrepreneurial trend continue to grow?

A study of 2,000 UK adults, conducted by the UK’s largest independent tech retailer Ebuyer finds four in five (80 per cent) of Brits have aspired to set up on their own. Londoners were most the entrepreneurial, with 84 per cent claiming they have thought about starting their own business, closely followed by residents of Glasgow (83 per cent), Liverpool (82 per cent) and Leeds (81 per cent).

Sheffield residents were the least likely to start their own business (63 per cent), followed by those in Newcastle and Cardiff (both 67 per cent) and Southampton (69 per cent).

However, although the nation dreams of starting up on their own, there are some barriers that stop Brits handing in their notice and fulfilling the dream.

Lack of money was the biggest barrier to setting up a business (67 per cent), followed by fear of failure (44 per cent), lack of time (26 per cent) and lack of resource or technology (18 per cent).

Cardiff residents anticipated that lack of money would be the biggest barrier to starting their own business, and 19 per cent of residents in Edinburgh felt lack of commitment was the biggest hurdle to overcome. A quarter of residents in Norwich (26 per cent) and Southampton (25 per cent) thought lack of resource or technology was the biggest barrier.

With research finding that millennials will have nine jobs in a lifetime and one complete career change, it is no surprise that this age group is the most likely to think about taking the plunge. Nine in ten (90 per cent) 25-34 year olds have thought about starting their own business, along with 85 per cent of 18-24 year olds.

Amber Smith, Ebuyer sales director at Ebuyer.com says, ‘It comes as no real surprise that four in five adults want to start their own business – especially among young people, who have seen YouTube stars and internet entrepreneurs build a business from their bedroom.

‘One in three residents claim lack of money is the biggest barrier to starting up your own business, but with the rise in rentable office space across the UK and the option to lease technology so businesses can afford the equipment they need to kickstart their career, the dream of becoming your own boss in 2018 might be closer than you think.’

Further reading on entrepreneurial Brits

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the Smallbusiness.co.uk and Growthbusiness.co.uk titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the Express.co.uk.

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