Business leaders are gearing up for this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will be taking place between 12th and 18th November, bytestart.co.uk reports.
The event takes place in 115 countries around the world. It sees experts and established businesses offer help to new entrepreneurs on a local/national scale as they look to start a franchise or small business start-up. Last year’s event saw over 900 UK partner organisations take part, drawing in some 213,000 people.
Britain’s events for the 2012 week will include a brace of high-profile guests, including designer Orla Kiely, survival expert Bear Grylls, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, comedienne Ruby Wax and former US president Bill Clinton. It is hoped the additions will build on the success of last year’s event, which saw Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson take part.
All ages of entrepreneur will be catered for, with Shell LiveWIRE offering advice to 16 – 30-year-olds, whilst The Prince’s Initiative will host a conference open to those over 50.
One area hosting events is Harrow, whose councillor Keith Ferry told harrowtimes.co.uk: “Our aim is to create a collaborative, local and practical week, which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support available to entrepreneurs in Harrow – vital in a time of continuing economic uncertainty.
“This is a great opportunity to find out more about self-employment and starting a business as well. Throughout this very difficult economic climate we are doing everything we can to create opportunities for new businesses to start in Harrow which will reduce unemployment and save taxpayers money.”