StartUp Britain announces handover to The Centre for Entrepreneurs

Think tank to run national enterprise campaign with chairman Luke Johnson taking over running

Government-backed enterprise initiative StartUp Britain has announced today that, as of next month, The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank will take over and run the campaign.

Launched in March 2011 by leading entrepreneurs Emma Jones, Growing Business columnist Oli Barrett, Rajeeb Dey, Michael Hayman and Duncan Cheatle, StartUp Britain aims to encourage enterprise culture and improve start-up rates through a range of national events and initiatives.

Over the last three years, the campaign has successfully ran an annual UK-wide bus tour, held free mentoring and funding workshops, and launched its retail start-up arm; PopUp Britain.

The handover will see the scheme’s co-founders “step down and start a new chapter” by giving ownership to serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, current StartUp Britain chairman and chairman of The Centre for Entrepreneurs.

It is intended that The Centre for Entrepreneurs, a new think tank launched in November to support and promote UK entrepreneurs, will build upon the campaign’s growth and look to increase engagement with the wider public about entrepreneurship.

As part of the agreement Barrett, member of the Young Guns class of 2008, will be joining the Centre’s advisory board.

The official handover will take place on Thursday March 27 with an event which will outline the campaign’s achievements and future initiatives.

The Centre for Entrepreneurs chairman and soon-to-be StartUp Britain owner, Luke Johnson, commented:

“StartUp Britain has pioneered a range of innovative initiatives to boost public awareness of entrepreneurship. As the founders step away, the Centre for Entrepreneurs provides the natural home for the campaign to live on and prosper.”

Start-up Britain co-founder and campaign director, Emma Jones, continued:

“We set out to change the British enterprise culture by letting people know that entrepreneurship is not just for the few – it’s for the many.

“We are now seeing record numbers of people starting businesses in Britain – and with improving economic conditions, these fledgling firms are set to play a big role in the recovery.

“The Centre for Entrepreneurs is an excellent fit to continue the campaign’s work as it seeks to research and explain the positive impact that entrepreneurship has upon the British economy.”

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