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6th January, 2015 No Comments

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” 

Nelson Mandela

As we move into a New Year these words have a particular resonance.  Are you content with your life or could you achieve more?

The idea of becoming an entrepreneur is becoming increasingly popular.  Government policy in support of self employment and press coverage of enterprise and entrepreneurs are growing exponentially, and it’s fantastic to see examples of everyday folk doing it for themselves and becoming their own boss.

Following a very difficult period in the UK economy, it’s easy to see why employers were continually put under increased pressure.  With less money coming in it is simple mathematics that tells us that there’s less money to go out which, in turn, results in cut backs, reduced hours and, in the worst cases, redundancies and failed businesses.

The tide appears to be turning however, and 50% of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015, with jobs projected to be created in all UK regions, according to a new survey conducted by the CBI and Accenture.

So, when enterprise and entrepreneurship have, in the past, been less favoured options to the mass population than alternatives such as employment, higher education or apprenticeships, why are they now moving from the periphery and into focus?

As the saying goes, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ – so is it fair to suggest that the unfortunate situation that the country is in, is forcing people to become entrepreneurial?

Working on the assumption that the answer to this question is ‘yes’, it’s a shame that it’s taken such drastic circumstances to start to embed a culture of entrepreneurship in the UK.

Working on the assumption that the answer to the question is ‘no’, are we bearing witness to an enterprise revolution?  As Steve Jobs famously said, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe, otherwise why else even be here?

Here at the Cavendish Consortium we help 1,000s of people to launch new businesses every year and we are experiencing a genuine optimism and a sense of people creating new futures for themselves and others.  It is fascinating to discuss their motivations and drivers for starting up.  Increasingly we are seeing people who are challenging the conventional; finding new solutions to old problems; pushing themselves out of their comfort zone; and reaping the rewards as a result.

There is clear evidence that people are embracing Job’s mantra, “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

As we look forward to new challenges in 2015 let’s do it with pride in the increasing number of people starting new business and creating new futures.  We salute you!

Cavendish Consortium partners offer the practical support to help people to set up their businesses with firm foundations, with access to the right finance and contacts to give the best possible chance of business success.  To find out more or to access our services in your region search our business support partners.


Written by Carole White, Chief Executive, TEDCO Business Support Ltd


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