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Celebrating Britain’s entrepreneurs

Date added: 07th Jul 2015
Category: SMEs / Entrepreneurs

Start-up culture has been credited as being one of the main reasons why the UK has recovered so well from the recession and the trend towards entrepreneurship looks to continue.

When you’re looking to set up in business there’s no end of advice available; ranging from the man in the pub right through to quasi governmental organisations. Planning a business start-up can be a really confusing time. It’s your idea, your project which you want to get off the ground but somehow everyone seems to be muscling in on the action, offering a mix of helpful advice and ‘don’t do what I did’ stories.

Whilst individuals and those who have worked in your chosen field can provide invaluable advice, sometimes it helps to sit down with the experts who can help you to plan your journey from idea to viable business. One such group of experts is currently travelling around the UK, taking their StartUp Britain bus to new entrepreneurs and to those looking to grow their business.

This is the fourth year for the StartUp Britain roadshow. Setting off from London on 22nd June, the StartUp bus is due to bring entrepreneurial advice to thousands of individuals in 25 locations before finishing in Inverness on 7th August. Previous StartUp bus tours have been credited with engaging over 25,000 individuals, all of whom were looking to start their own business. In 2015, the StartUp tour aims to engage with further 15,000 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through a mix of workshops, events and one-to-one advice sessions.

Start-up culture has been credited as being one of the main reasons why the UK has recovered so well from the recession and the trend towards entrepreneurship looks to continue. In fact, one of the StartUp Britain sponsors, Sage, has announced that they are “committed to helping over 500,000 new businesses start in 2015.”

The bus tour is backed by a website which contains links to a number of articles and guides which are designed to help entrepreneurs to plan their future. Admittedly, some of the articles were originally written for the benefit of those in other countries but that does not take away from the sound advice which is being provided via the website. Even businesses which have been in existence for some time may benefit from dipping in and out of advice sites such as this with the articles acting as a checkpoint to help business leaders to ensure that their culture and strategy is still on track to deliver the start-up aims.

When businesses start up, and as they grow they will face numerous challenges. But as long as the leadership are clear about strategy, as long as they have defined goals in view, and as long as they maintain a focus on organisational culture and the development of employees then they will be in a far stronger position than those who have failed to plan.

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