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Starting your own business

The Gatwick Diamond has a wealth of local entrepreneurs and a long history of start ups based here that are now regional, national and even international businesses.  In fact, a survey in 2014 ranked the South East as the top place to start a business – ahead of London!

entrepreneur noun
  • a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

Do you think you have what it takes to set up and run your own business?

Does your school or college offer the Young Enterprise Company Programme?  This is a perfect way to get experience of running a real business whilst you are still in education.  So, if your school is a Young Enterprise centre, then make sure you’re involved!

You can find out more about Young Enterprise here

And, you can also get involved in the Young Enterprise Tenner programme here

Organisations such as Chambers of Commerce support all sizes of businesses, however Start-Ups and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) form a large section of their local members.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) also provides support to local Start-Ups.

There is also a great competition called Young Start Up Talent – if you have already started your own business, you could enter and win £50,000 of business support! Watch the video below of Sam French, previous winner of Young Start Up Talent – what is his advice as a young entrepreneur?

If you’re continuing into further or higher education, please click here to see many other options available to you.

Fore more information about business start ups check out the Pathway team in Coastal West Sussex.

Remember. . . you can always get a job in Sales, Marketing, IT, Human Resources and Finance in any sector.