Startup Britain local champion for Norfolk

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It’s been great to be named as Norfolk’s Startup Local Champion for Norfolk by the national campaign StartUp Britain for the work I’ve been doing through my company and with Startup Norfolk.

StartUp Britain is a national campaign that was launched by the Prime Minister David Cameron last year to encourage start-up growth in the UK. Since then record numbers of people have been looking to set up businesses. The campaign now has more than 70 local champions who take the campaign to the heart of their local business community.

I’ll be using this new position to inspire a whole new generation to startup as well as help nurture the growing number of start-up businesses in the county through organising regular events and networking such as a startup coffee morning as well as lobbying Norwich City Council on issues facing small business.

I set up my own start-up social venture company Profit Is Good three years ago, so I understand what help people need when they are setting up a business – and I know that help and support in the early stages can make a difference to long-term success. Norfolk’s small business community needs all the help and support it can get so it can grow and flourish in these difficult economic times. Being the StartUp Local champion means I can offer advice and guidance as well as encouraging others to have the confidence to consider going it alone and starting the business they have always dreamed of.

I’ve started mentoring a entrepreneurial young person called Matthew who has been working hard on his parkour business Norml Brand who is so far ahead of where I was at aged 20 it’s insane but needs help with the mechanics of actually formalising a company. As I said in my previous post ‘Let’s make Norwich ‘England’s other city’ for startups’ I want to create a network of ‘rockstar’ mentors – local, inspiring entrepreneurs who have actually achieved success to help others to succeed.

Campaign co-founder and director Emma Jones has kindly said: “We are really pleased Richard could join our campaign as our local champ for Norfolk. He’s already proved he is an accomplished entrepreneur, so it wasn’t a hard decision to appoint him! He’s got exactly what you need as an entrepreneur – bags of energy, loads of ideas and real can-do attitude. We know he’ll do a great job and we wish him every success.”

Last year more than 400,000 new businesses were registered with Companies House, a record to date with more expected this year. More than 60% of start-ups now emerge out of the home environment. Good business practice in the early stages is key, with more businesses surviving past the crucial three years if they get the help they need early on.

Check out the online EDP business story here and the paper version below

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