Faced with less than promising employment opportunities, more and more young men and women are considering the possibility of starting their own business when they leave school or College.
According to a recent survey undertaken by Enterprise Insight as part of its Make Your Mark campaign, more than half of all young people have considered starting their own business venture. The challenge according to Business Link, however, is to turn such a high level of interest into entrepreneurial practice.
Business Link’s Yvette Coles commented: “Although, clearly, it’s an option that many young people consider, the fact that only one in ten people aged 16-24 years old actually do set up their own business suggests there is quite a gulf between dreams and reality.
“And, every effort needs to be made to close that gap. That’s why we’ve actively supported a wide range of events and initiatives right across the south west during this year’s Enterprise Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week.”
Business Link has reported a very high level of bookings for the range of events it has organised and is supporting during Enterprise Week (November 16-20) and Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16-22). These include a special Social Media Awareness workshop, dedicated phone clinics for enterprising women and home enterprise, as well as an on-line webinar on business finance and support for various events organised by partner organisations.