At a time when redundancies and unemployment are at record levels, the role of start-ups (and SMEs) has never been more important in supporting regeneration; driving innovation and creating new employment opportunities.
Data recently published by the Centre for Entrepreneurs suggest that the West Midlands has been a hub of new business activity, with Birmingham alone accounting for 18,394 new enterprises in 2020 -the highest volume of start-ups outside London.
But does this tell the true story? Is the West Midlands the place to start your new business? What more could be done to make the region more attractive? Are the right grant schemes in place to support entrepreneurs with the next ‘big’ idea? Are there too many grant schemes – are we creating a generation of successful bid writers than serial entrepreneurs? What support is there for those wishing to potentially sustain themselves or create only a handful of jobs? Does the start up eco-system only favour rapid growth and/or tech companies?
Our Recent Webinars
Click here to watch our webinar held in February 2021. We were delighted to welcome our expert panel:
Professor Mark Hart (Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston University)
Melissa Snover (Founder & CEO of Rem3dy Health Ltd, Creators of Nourished & Scripted)
David Harding (Chairman/NED and former Chief Executive of William Hill)
Debbie Assinder (West Midlands Enterprise Champion, Enterprise Nation)
Daniel Evans (Chief Executive, Birmingham Enterprise Community)