Entrepreneurial grit in practiceOne such business is Wiltshire-based Furniture Box, set up by young entrepreneur Monty George – who was aged just 19 at the time and decided to pursue a career in business rather than attend university. George runs the business from an office and warehouse space in Mere, Wiltshire with fellow young entrepreneur Dan Beckles. Together, the two have led Furniture Box to rapid growth within just a year, turning over more than £1m in 2016. They are eyeing further expansion this year. George believes that to be an entrepreneur you need to have faith in your abilities, in your product or in your idea. And this is echoed by the vast majority (72 per cent) of the small business leaders we spoke to as part of the index, who are confident that they are the masters of their own destiny when it comes to the success of their business. It’s this attitude and entrepreneurial grit that inspires me. It’s an attitude that needs to be nurtured for our economy to realise its potential, whatever the economic weather. We all have a part to play in this, from where government invests, to how bigger brands support startups, to where consumers spend the pound in their pocket. The lesson for me is clear: small business owners believe they are the masters of their own destiny and the rest of us should back them in that, giving them the tools they need to succeed. Whatever the economic weather, their entrepreneurial grit should inspire us all. Dieter Newell is senior director of seller growth at eBay in the UK.
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