Original post : 25 Nov 2013

Who do you think you are?

Last week was Global Entrepreneur’s Week.  Did you notice or did it pass you by? When I look at the phrase ‘global entrepreneur’ I find it hard to relate that to what I do.  It sounds so grand, so Harvard MBA and somehow a bit unattainable.  Any thriving economy needs entrepreneurs of all sizes to contribute to its health and vitality.  Whether you are a fledgling business or have been going for a while, you are showing drive and initiative to run your own business.  Well, that makes you an entrepreneur in our eyes. So what are we a part of? “Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.” is what the website says.  Do you feel part of it yet?

In the UK a group of organisations  have formed the Entrepreneurs’ Alliance and you can read about it here They want to be  a pressure group to stand up for Britain’s wealth creators, claiming that “together we represent more than 2.5m small and micro businesses.” Which is quite a bold claim and I guess that means they represent us.  They believe that government and our institutions are too focussed on big business and go on to say that “we want to see an environment in which self-starters are free to challenge established business models, without being bound by the regulation and red tape that reinforces traditional monopolies.”  We would wholeheartedly agree with all of their sentiments – they are highlighting the kind of issues that face small businesses all the time and we will be watching their progress very closely on your behalf.

But somehow I still don’t feel included.  We believe that, while influencing policy is a good thing (don’t forget we did have our say with the DCMS thanks to you) it doesn’t actually address the day to day problems that we face in the craft sector.  How to approach the VAT conundrum, how to get more sales, developing an online presence and finding help from like-minded people etc.

There are other organisations that we feel are much more appropriate for you as sources of valuable information such as the RSA, Start up Britain, Etsy and the Craft and Hobby Association and where your voice will mean something.  I’d like to think that we can be the conduit for your endeavours and tease out the important and valuable subjects for you so that every week we can focus on your entrepreneurial skills not just one week in November.

 

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