Entrepreneurs form the rock upon which villages, towns, cities and communities are built. In the UK, we need more entrepreneurs. Especially ‘young’ ones.
Entrepreneurs are innovators that seek out new challenges, have a spirit of daring and a will to win. These individuals create our wealth and inspire our people. In our locality, the historic birthplace of industrial entrepreneurship, we are looking at an economic renaissance driven by such creative and entrepreneurial talent.
We are all living through an era of massive industrial change as the ‘world of work’ moves from urbanisation and large employer /factory conditions of the past few centuries towards smaller enterprises where location is one of choice and work is ‘something you do, not somewhere you go’.
As the number of ‘traditional jobs’ fall into drastic decline and ‘unemployment’ reaches record levels, we must focus on our national ‘genetic’ for invention and innovation and great opportunity will lie before us.
To counter the alarming prospect of a ‘lost generation’ as youth unemployment reaches the highest level since records began and 8 young people are available for every 1 job, we must tell our young people that the numbers of self employed individuals and levels of entrepreneurship are predicted to grow exponentially over the coming decade.
The dramatic industrial change fuelled by ICT empowers the individual and the emerging global economy offers unprecedented levels of commercial opportunity to sole traders, suppliers and producers. High levels of job creation & economic growth will come from young, growing companies and while our own county is currently hundreds of start ups behind the UK average, we’re taking an entrepreneurial approach to helping increase these numbers and our emphasis here is on THE YOUNG ONES.
And there is much to be done.
What are we doing?
We are dealing with the disproportionate impact of unemployment on our young people and helping them use their skills and talents to create self employed enterprises.
We’re organising LOTTERY-STYLE FUND RAISING to help cover the costs of providing young entrepreneurs with workshops, inspiring books and materials http://www.startupshropshire.org
We’re asking business owners and leaders locally to ‘ADOPT-A-NEW-START’ to help with their survival and growth in the first tough year http://www.shropshiresupperclub.eventbrite.com
We’re launching a START UP ZONE within a new business hub, where the young owner/operators can have a business base of their own with collaborative company around all day. A contemporary workspace where we’re going to support fledgling entrepreneurs who will discover that they can MAKE THEIR OWN JOBS. http://www.twitter.com/HubWorker
We have a responsibility to inspire every aspiring entrepreneur in our younger generation to believe that they can succeed and we must create the climate and conditions to allow more new businesses to start up and then improve the survival rate and the potential for growth.
People who want to help drive their local towns and cities forward have a responsibility to help young businesses to start and grow and this is a challenge we’re asking local education, business and civic leaders, employers and entrepreneurs to take on, changing lives for THE YOUNG ONES.