The initiative’s roots date back to 2008, when UK-based Enterprise Week was launched, but its reach has grown significantly in the subsequent six years. This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week is expected to attract over 24,000 partner organisations, with tens of thousands of activities taking place across the world.
In fact, in 2013, the campaign reached more than 300,000 entrepreneurial individuals in the UK alone, involving more than 6000 country-wide events. This year, the British campaign, coordinated by non-profit youth enterprise network, Youth Business International, hopes to build on this success, particularly through connecting with the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
Business support organisations, established companies and education institutions will host a variety of events to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals, no matter what stage of the business journey they may be on. From school contests and workshops, to networking mornings and regional business awards, the week offers something for both budding and established business leaders.
While the audience may be diverse, the overall aim of the campaign is to bring those in business together. Under the theme of ‘Get Connected’, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 hopes to highlight how collaboration can benefit Britain’s small business community.
As part of the campaign, Wednesday the 19th November also marks Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Given that women are still significantly under-represented in the global self-employed community, this day sets out to address the barriers holding women back from starting their own businesses and to recognise the remarkable women who are already leading the way.
As a strong supporter of the UK’s driven small businesses, Aldermore will be following the action throughout the week and posting key insights from the campaign using the #GEWConnect hashtag. Get in touch with the Bank on Twitter if you have anything planned to congratulate Britain’s inspiring entrepreneurs for the role they play in driving the country forward.
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