Supporting other entrepreneurs

Setting up and running a business can sometimes be a very daunting prospect, but the spirit of entrepreneurship can be seen in and around Bath, in communities of all ages, backgrounds and levels of education.

Being an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean starting up a high-tech, high growth export business. The changing nature of business and technology is allowing more and more entrepreneurs to set up and run a business from home. We shouldn’t also forget the growing number of student entrepreneurs that are starting businesses whilst still in full time education.

Entrepreneurs can be found anywhere and although a lot of hard work is involved in turning an idea into a business, it is also one of the most rewarding things that someone can do and can be one of the most positive changes someone can make for themselves and the community they live in.

Think of the local butchers, hairdressers, shop owners, electricians, plumbers and florists (to name but a few) who start up small businesses and become the heart of the local community.

They generate wealth, employment and opportunity. Independent businesses on and off the high street brings growth and income to communities and celebrates the diversity that small independent businesses can deliver.

But starting up a business is not always plain sailing – with business rates, lack of suitable premises, inadequate broadband and the rising costs of power, public transport and parking – being cited as some of the barriers to growth.

It is clear that we need to support the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow as small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy.

We also need to make sure Bath as a city has the provisions to be able to help start up businesses stay in the city and have the ability to expand as they grow. The last thing we want to see are our homegrown entrepreneurs leaving the area to set up elsewhere.

This is one of the reasons why I am a member of and the current Branch Chairman of The Federation of Small Business as they are there to campaign on behalf of all small businesses and entrepreneurs, not only locally but regionally and nationally.

Angela MacAusland

Federation of Small Businesses Bath Branch Chair

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