Entrepreneurs head north

Good news for Manchester as a new study has revealed that more British entrepreneurs are setting up in Manchester and other northern cities than anywhere else in the UK.

The study, from Barclays and the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that many start-ups are setting up businesses in a corridor from Liverpool and Manchester to York. It also claims that good recovery and growth is happening outside the south east and says many new firms often set up home close to good universities.

Commenting on the survey, Barclays chief executive, said: “Enterpreneurs will thrive across the UK if conditions are put in place that that allows them to do so.

“This research shows that business, the education sector and government can do more to create thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems across the UK. The northern corridor is an example of a successful hub establishing itself outside London and the south east.

One example of a hub taking place in place right in the heart of Manchester is The Founder Dock hub in Spinningfields. The hub includes 12 hot desks and access to It offers start-ups the support they need with technology and mentoring from a team of experts. TiE, a not-for-profit network which provides a platform for mentoring, networking and education has established the project, supported by sponsors Brother UK and Allied London.

The study concluded that entrepreneurialism is something that can be fostered with the right mix of learned skills, opportunity access and confidence.

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