Global Entrepreneurship Week: Britain’s enterprise healthcheck

“It’s no good encouraging people to start a business when they have no idea how to go about it,” comments Peter Jones, BBC Dragon and chairman of Enterprise UK, adding that Britain needs to invest more in enterprise education and celebrate the roles that entrepreneurs play in driving the economy.

Peter Jones adds: “This represents the first temperature check of entrepreneur opinion since the prime minister called on the ‘doers and grafters’ to support the nation’s economic recovery.”

Additional research, conducted amongst over 1,000 entrepreneurs, also found that entrepreneurs are eager to find solutions to Britain’s enterprise challenges. Some of the key findings:

  • Support: 77 per cent want the government to play a key role in supporting entrepreneurs
  • Recovery: 79 per cent agree that the UK’s entrepreneurs are responsible for securing a strong economic recovery
  • Opportunity: 65 per cent agree there are good opportunities for businesses right now
Global Entrepreneurship Week in Britain is being kicked off today with a launch event at Google’s London HQ involving business minister Vince Cable, enterprise minister Mark Prisk, Peter Jones, Google UK CEO Matt Brittin, School for Startups founder Doug Richard and The Black Farmer Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones.

Throughout the week, some 4,000 events will take place throughout Britain to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship. Real Business will be reporting on some of the major events, so make sure to check back on our website.

You can download Enterprise UK’s full report, Make a job, don’t take a job, below:

Download and read the Enterprise UK report here (PDF, 1.8MB)

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