The UK’s Entrepreneurs

The UK has more businesses than ever before and it looks as though this year will set a new record, but entrepreneurs say they need more help if they are going to grow. We look at regional trends and how to survive universal challenges faced by start-ups

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But many are sole proprietorships and entrepreneurs say they need more support

But research on the best regions for entrepreneurs shows the capital also has companies with the highest growth

Founders face tough decisions in their pursuit of mentoring and funding

Conflicts over strategy and management can kill a company

Those that will benefit most are experimenting and adopting a ‘think big, start small’ approach

A founder’s ability to explain their potential is as important as the company they are pitching

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Government has already responded by setting up a national investment fund

Younger founders focus more on doing good than their older counterparts

Some in sector say funding is vital to create more opportunities

Company deliberately targets sectors experiencing poor customer service

The region has survived the death of the steel industry by focusing on tech

Other businesses can learn from these entrepreneurs’ ‘can-do’ attitude