Mark your calendar: November 16-22


“Global Entrepreneurship Week is about growing enterprise ambition and ensuring that those with ideas know where to get the support they need to make them a reality. It’s about creating jobs and opportunities: small business in the UK employs nearly 60 per cent of the workforce and contributes almost half of UK turnover.”

David Cameron, Prime Minister

We believe that a large national campaign to promote entrepreneurship is a vital part of making the UK more entrepreneurial, to encourage more people to start up their own business.

The challenge is simple: whilst more than half of the population would like to start their own business, less than 5% actually do.

UK Trends

  • Entrepreneurial ambitions are even more acute among certain demographic groups – particularly among youngsters and women.
  • Young people in the UK are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.
  • More than twice as many men start up businesses as women.
  • Mass participation in activities designed to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking has proven outcomes in addressing these issues. Global Entrepreneurship Week – which began life in the UK back in 2004 as Enterprise Week – is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and is recognised by organisations all over the UK as the highlight of the entrepreneurship calendar.

As a result of the 2014 campaign

  • 86% of participants said that they felt more confident about starting a business or making their business a success
  • 74% of participants said they are more likely to start a business
  • 63% of participants who were not entrepreneurs said that they had gained a new business idea or been inspired
  • 54% of participants said that they had acquired new skills
  • 50% of entrepreneur participants said that they had made new contacts to help them in their business

What is GEW

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

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