Posts by Matt Smith

Celebrating record levels of entrepreneurship

Celebrating record levels of entrepreneurship

30th November 2016

“We need to see a country where new businesses are starting up on every street, in every town; where entrepreneurs are everywhere. We put out a call to business to rise up and help us drive the recovery and StartUp

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Seaside towns must reinvent themselves or risk going under

Seaside towns must reinvent themselves or risk going under

2nd October 2015

First published in the Guardian Small Business Network. Nostalgia for the era when seaside resorts were the British holiday destination of choice, combined with memories from childhood breaks, mean seaside towns hold a special place in many people’s hearts. In

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Touring the nation to break start-up records

Touring the nation to break start-up records

25th June 2015

First published on rbs.com The nation’s collective interest in starting businesses continues to break records. From 440,600 new business registrations in 2011 to 581,173 in 2014, there is no sign of the entrepreneurial revolution sweeping the nation slowing down. Indeed,

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All aboard the StartUp Bus!

All aboard the StartUp Bus!

5th June 2015

The StartUp Britain bus is back! StartUp Britain – now part of the Centre for Entrepreneurs – will hit the road this summer to engage 15,000 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs in 25 locations across Britain. Over three previous tours, the

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StartUp Britain: The next steps

StartUp Britain: The next steps

27th March 2014

Today, the Centre for Entrepreneurs takes on the running of the national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain. In an extract from the campaign’s 2014 report, our director, Matt Smith sets out what’s next for the campaign. As a campaigning organisation, StartUp

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Entrepreneurs need advocates

Entrepreneurs need advocates

10th October 2013

Matt Smith, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs outlines the need for a new kind of think tank. Entrepreneurs are struggling with an image problem. While popular commentary has labelled entrepreneurs “the new rock-stars” – and politicians are keen to

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