Get connected: theme announced for 2014

Youth Business International today announces the theme of Global Entrepreneurship Week: Get Connected.

This year, we want participants to Get Connected to new business ideas, contacts and support in their local community.

For many people, the thought of starting up their own business is overwhelming, and many entrepreneurs don’t make it to the next stage because they don’t make the right connections. Our own research shows us that aspiring entrepreneurs and start-up entrepreneurs are eager to access practical support and networks through Global Entrepreneurship Week.

UK's Global Entrepreneurship Week wins prestigious entrepreneurship award

Global Entrepreneurship Week UK has been recognised as the Country of the Year at a prestigious event in Moscow, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

The campaign, hosted by Youth Business International in partnership with Barclays, fought off competition from 130 nations to win the award on Wednesday evening.

UPDATE: Get Ready for Business Seminars with Barclays

Throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, our partner Barclays hosted free Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars for those about to start in business.

Each one-day Barclays Get Ready for Business seminar offered one-on-one help from a dedicated business advisor who provided advice and encouragement on a wide range of areas including: writing a good business plan; sourcing finance and managing cashflow; meeting your legal obligations; taxation and VAT; marketing; and finding the right banking solutions.

New video: Nick Proctor from Amber Energy talks about growth

Watch our new Global Entrepreneurship Week film, with Nick Proctor from Amber Energy talking about growth:

Guest blog: Young Enterprise NI celebrates GEW

By Alastair Luke, Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Young Enterprise NI

This week across Northern Ireland, Young Enterprise NI has been celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week!

With a number of fantastic events running the length of the country, we are looking to inspire young people to become the entrepreneurs of the future.

Here are some highlights:

GEW 2013 - Engaging Education - Hull

18th November – GEW Hull, The Guildhall.

Today was the launch of GEW! Hull, currently in the running for City of Culture, kicked off the event with a celebration video of 10 years of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull with an overview of the 2012 Enterprise Challenge.

Premiership League, Festivals and Fashion: GEW Highlights

The Barclays Premier League Challenge

Inspiring and motivating young people in the community’

Event review: Werk it! Shina Animashaun - House of Avilon workshop

Shina has made a great achievement on his own business. He set up his own website, which specialises in graphic design, print design, video editing, website design, music album design and illustration.

University pitches in Edinburgh; crowd funding in London: GEW highlights

By Dianne Cornes, Director, Youth Business International


This week, University of Edinburgh students demonstrated an extraordinary diversity of talent in a pitching competition which has a £1,000-prize sponsored by Santander Bank.

Guest blog: Forget about social enterprise.....

Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director at Business in the Community, tells us why supporting social enterprises should become the norm.

How I took a step forward on my enterprise journey

Alex Ritchie, who project-manages Global Entrepreneurship Week, shares her start-up story with some key tips for budding entrepreneurs:

After working for many years supporting and advising entrepreneurs and business start-ups, my first plunge into real-life entrepreneurship began three years ago when I received the dreaded redundancy letter.

After the initial shock and worry, I decided to positively reframe my situation. Rather than telling people I was unemployed or ‘between jobs’, I became self-employed as a consultant.

Radio marathon, UnLtd and Sir Terry Matthews Tuesday: an events round-up

By Andrew Fiddaman, Executive Director of Youth Business International

Monday, 18th November

Radio Marathon

Global Entrepreneurship Week was a major talking-point on the airwaves on Monday.

GEW Highlights: market days, media moguls and more!

The momentum of Global Entrepreneurship Week is building.

Close to 350 events took place on Tuesday and today there will be 415 events happening across the UK – several with a focus on women’s enterprise!

Know your VAT from your RTI: taxes made easy!

Tax might not be at the top of your agenda when starting up a business, but  it’s vitally important that you get it right and don’t end up with unexpected bills.

That’s why, during GEW, we will be teaming up with HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC)  to help explain what you need to know as you start your venture.

On Thursday 21st November at 2pm we will be running a live webinar (an online seminar) where you can find out all you need to know on issues such as VAT, business expenses, Capital Allowances, record keeping, RTI and much more.

It's official: GEW launched in London and Glasgow

Global Entrepreneurship Week UK was, for the first time, launched at two events on Monday: at London’s Westminster Kingsway College, which boasts Jamie Oliver among its alumni, and in Glasgow at Shawlands Academy, which participates in the Young Enterprise Scotland programme.

Speaking in London, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, told 150 delegates and journalists that more than 520,000 start-ups will have been set up in the UK in 2013 – higher than the 490,000 established in 2012.