StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain’s StartUp High Street

The StartUp Britain campaign has launched a new scheme aimed at filling empty high street shops in a bid to boost business and stimulate retail growth. StartUp High Street intends to bring "Great British business to Great British high streets" by kicking off at the end of July with a pilot store opening in Richmond, Surrey. Called PopUp Britain, the Richmond pilot, opposite Richmond station, will give retail space to six start-up businesses. The store will get backing from the scheme’s sponsors: John Lewis will kit out the shop, and the businesses will be insured by AXA. Each business will also get a Dell laptop, access to PayPal’s online internet payment system and a copy of Intuit’s Quickbooks accounting software. StartUp High Street will be seeking support fr... »

StartUp Britain’s Enterprise Champions Programme to Inspire Young Entrepreneurs

The Government’s new Enterprise Champions Programme could inspire a new generation of young entrepreneurs by teaching them the business basics at an early age, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said. Announced at the launch of the Government’s StartUp Britain campaign, the programme, due to be rolled out later this year, will include support for every school to develop its own business, and the creation of an “enterprise society” at each university and most further education colleges. “All the surveys show that unless you come from an entrepreneurial family, most people switch off and don’t engage in entrepreneurship.” said business secretary, Vince Cable. “The Enterprise Champions Programme is trying to make sure that the schools have their own business, it’s trying to make sure tha... »

StartUp Britain + YouGov + UCL = StartUp Summer

YouGov and UCL, working with StartUp Britain and in collaboration with Imperial College London, will lead the development of a pilot StartUp Summer to stimulate, encourage and support student entrepreneurs. StartUp Summer is an entrepreneurs’ development programme that will offer students the opportunity to develop their own innovative, business ideas into actionable, start-up business plans. At the pilot stage, the programme will be open solely for UCL and Imperial students with a view, in future years, to extend the programme to the national student body. To apply, students will submit online, either a 300 word pitch of a business idea or their skills as a potential team member. Inspiring figures from enterprise will identify the top five business ideas to form the basis for the five Sta... »