We might be still in the midst of pretty challenging economic times, but that hasn’t hampered more and more self starters emerging and trying to make their mark on the world by developing their ideas into tangible businesses. And that has been music to our ears here at Startacus.
As you’ll know only too well if you’re a regular visitor to the self start society, we’re big advocates of encouraging people to do their own thing and championing enterprise in whatever form it takes. And the good news is we’re not alone!
The Centre for Entrepreneurs has just been launched with the aim of acting as a voice for entrepreneurs, big or small who want to develop or grow their businesses. Established as an independent body, the Centre will focus on 4 key areas:
Advocacy - the promotion of entrepreneurship with government and through media channels
Research and Campaigns - the undertaking and creation of initiatives that will encourage entrepreneurship per se as well as improving the public perception of entrepreneurs - (The Apprentice has a lot to answer for!)
Thought Leadership - the creation of white papers, articles and events all aimed at promoting and defending the work of entrepreneurs and also
Resources - the provision of support and guidance for entrepreneurs.
A pretty hefty remit there - but a worthwhile one at that!
With backers including lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman, Startup Britain’s Emma Jones and angel investor Dale Murray, this Centre will probably become a real force to be reckoned with.
Obviously it’s still early days, but if the Centre goes even a little way towards achieving its initial objectives, it’ll deserve credit. We’ll be watching their work closely and reporting back on all the good, hopefully less of the bad and hopefully never ugly…
For now though - we take our metaphorical hats off and wish them well!
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