20 November 2015

Are we doing enough to support our entrepreneurs?

If you asked me if the government is doing enough, I would struggle to answer particularly positively thanks to high tax and low reward. But, when you look at what the UK business community is doing to support startups and growing firms, it is astonishing.

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Image from GEW.

The amount of startup hubs, mentoring projects and advice initiatives is, I believe, second to none. We have taken driving our economy into our own hands and, whilst we never know what is around the next corner for the economy, we do know that without help and support, budding entrepreneurs will struggle either way.
This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
The week brings entrepreneurs to the global stage – Barack Obama spoke about GEW. He called on the private sector, foundations, investors and universities to help increase opportunities for all entrepreneurs, no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they look like.
It’s a fantastic message and one that I strongly believe in; if you are looking to succeed and grow in business, you need to learn from others who have been there and done that.

At UKFast, we’re trying to bring this spirit of knowledge sharing on a national level with our series of Inspire events. Next week will see the second #InspireMCR event at UKFast Campus, sharing business tips and secrets from James Timpson of Timpson. It is a format we are set to roll out nationally to reach and inspire as many business leaders as we can.

The last event received some extraordinary feedback. Jonathan Goldstone, the managing director of Repairs by Post, emailed to thank myself and Phil Jones (Brother UK MD, who spoke at the event) for inspiring me to commit to a change of life and business direction. He said: “I could not have done it without your speeches and Inspire Manchester conference.”

It was an incredible email to read and I hope that we continue to have that impact going forward. If you’re a growing business, I’d love to hear from you.

Are you a business leader? How could you help growing businesses more?
Are you growing a business? What help are you looking for?

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