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Entrepreneurship comes in many forms: This week on Enterprise Nation

Entrepreneurship comes in many forms: This week on Enterprise Nation
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Posted: Sun 27th Sep 2015

In our regular Sunday updates, head of content Dan Martin looks back at the past week on Enterprise Nation.

What is entrepreneurship? Is it just about the likes of Sir Richard Branson running multi-million pound international businesses? Or is it about people who think outside the box and take steps to improve their lives? I like to think it's both and that inspired me to share what proved to be one of our most popular posts on our Facebook page this week.

Jeff is someone I see on the streets of Bristol most days. As the story relates, the Big Issue seller really knows how to engage his customers with his cheery singing during his 12 hour+ working days as he sets out to improve his life. You could call him the perfect entrepreneur.

And what about nine-year-old Rylee? Her business plan for a dog walking business caused a stir on social media this week after her mum found it and posted it online. Rylee too is exhibiting the skills that makes a great entrepreneur. She may never become a Branson, but if she turns her business idea into a real thing, how can we not call her entrepreneurial?

People like Jeff (and maybe Rylee soon) are self-employed and just what should the government do to better support them? Entrepreneur Julie Deane has been tasked by the prime minister with finding out and she launched a survey this week.

We've been strong advocates for a long time of better support for self-employment and we urge you to get involved. We're also talking to the government about how you can share your views in an even more direct way so watch this space.

Also this week, the countdown to our big trade mission to China in October continued. We're taking 40 great British businesses with us and, as we announced on Thursday, Lord Maude, minister for trade and investment, is also coming along! You'll be able to follow our Chinese adventures on the blog throughout the trip.

Only a few days after our China trip ends our massive Festival of Female Entrepreneurs takes place on 22 October in Bristol and this week we were delighted to receive the backing of the city's mayor. There aren't many tickets left for the keynote programme so grab one while you can!

Speaking of Bristol I'll be spending much of next week at our final pop-up advice hub at the Friska cafe on Queen's Road so please do pop along for advice from top advisers on all sorts of business subjects. It all kicks off tomorrow (28 September) and runs until Friday (2 October). Advisers will be there every day from 10am until 6pm. Register here.

I'll also be hosting our latest Meet the Journalists event in London on Tuesday (29 September). These events are always very popular and this time we've got journalists from the Sunday Times, LBC Radio and tech publication The Memo on the panel to explain how you can get your business valuable media coverage. Buy one of the latest remaining tickets here.

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