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Enterprise Week 2005 is a UK-wide week of activities organised and backed by coalition of business, charities, education bodies and the government. Between November 14 and 20 more than a thousand events are planned with the aim of inspiring young people to be enterprising in the broadest sense – through business start-ups, community activism and as enterprising employees.
Throughout the week FT.com will follow events with a series of special articles, video interviews and interactive Q&A sessions, giving tips from the experts on how to pitch ideas, set up a business and operate in different cities. Sir Digby Jones, CBI director-general and one of the key supporters of the initiative, kicked off our coverage by taking the helm as guest editor on Monday. Click here for his comments.
Highlights of the week include coverage of the Enterprising Britain Summit in London on Monday, featuring a speech by Alan Johnson, secretary of state for trade and industry and a chance to put your questions live to leading innovator James Dyson and YO! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe.
You’ll also find a guide to success by Doug Richard - a dragon in the BBC TV series Dragons’ Den; news and comment in Charles Pretzlik’s daily business blog and our Entrepreneurship and Your Business pages; and useful links to all the sponsors of Enterprise Week, from the Arts Council of England to the Prince’s Trust.
Last, but by no means least, we’re inviting you to have your say in our online discussion forums and polls. We’re asking for views on whether the government is doing enough to create an enterprise culture, and your suggestions on which bits of business regulation should be scrapped.
Monday November 14
Sir Digby Jones, CBI director-general, is guest editor of FT.com.
Enterprising Britain Summit begins in London with a speech from Alan Johnson, secretary of state for trade and industry.
Video interview with Martin Halstead, teenage founder of Alpha One Airways, who has been dubbed the “baby Branson”. (NB all video interviews during Enterprise Week have been commissioned by FT.com and produced by Cantos).
Tuesday November 15
Video interview with Doug Richard, a dragon in the BBC TV series Dragons’ Den and technology entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience.
Live advice for entrepreneurs at 1pm with Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! Sushi, and Jonathan Guthrie, writer of the FT’s enterprise column. Send questions now to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting WOODROFFE in the subject field.
Wednesday November 16
Video interview with Michelle Mone, entrepreneur and inventor of the Ultimo gel-filled bra and winner of the ‘World Young Business Achiever’ award in 2000.
Jonathan Guthrie’s Enterprise column.
Thursday November 17
Video interview with Philip Green, billionaire retailer and owner of Bhs and Arcadia.
Friday November 18
Video interview with Karan Bilimoria, founder and chief executive of Cobra Beer.