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UK Startup Ecosystem 2015 Review

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  • UK startup ecosystem review 2015It was announced that UK startups had raised £163m through the government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, whilst over £1.4bn was accessed through the broader Enterprise Investment Scheme.  Read our summary of the schemes for more information.  

  • The disparity in levels of disposable income between people in the north of England and those in the rest of the country was widely reported as £2,300with many publications claiming that the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ might take a very long time to impact this.  

  • It was announced that celebrated Glaswegian entrepreneur Michelle Mone was to head-up an independent review of entrepreneurship within disadvantaged communities.

  • In response to the announcement Startacus HQ wrote about the barriers to entrepreneurship within disadvantaged areas.  As representatives of a sizeable community which was founded on the principles of removing barriers to entrepreneurship, we volunteered our support to the organisers of the review on several occasions.  Disappointingly we have yet to receive a single response.  

  • The Labour Finance and Industry Group questioned each of the Labour Leadership hopefuls about how they would help to eradicate the notion that Labour is an anti-business party.

  • Peer-to-peer lending service MarketInvoice which deals in the purchase of unpaid invoices from startups and SMEs, raises £6m investment.  

  • A report by EE and the Centre for Economics and Business Research published a report which suggested that pop-up shops now contribute some £2.3bn annually to the UK economy, a figure which continues to grow.

  • Microsoft Ventures London Accelerator launched an open call for innovative and passionate tech startups to join its upcoming programme.



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Published on: 29th December 2015

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