Enterprise Week goes global
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Released 17 Nov 2008
The fifth annual Enterprise Week, part of the first ever Global
Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November, will be launched today by the Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and the Secretary of State for Business, Peter Mandelson.
Peter Mandelson will join politicians, World Business leaders and high profile
entrepreneurs from seventy-seven different countries in London to launch
Global Entrepreneurship Week at the week's flagship debate, 'Can Entrepreneurs
Change the World?'
GEW aims to encourage people to explore their entrepreneurial talent either
by starting up a new business, creating a social enterprise, or cultivating
innovative business ideas within their own workplaces.
The week will see thousands of organisations running competitions, awards
ceremonies and networking events in a record 77 countries under the single
banner of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:
"Speaking at the first ever Enterprise Week I said 'that an idea that
started with only a few people and such little financial support should become
in just a small time such a big campaign involving thousands across the
country is itself a tribute to the spirit of enterprise.'
"That this same idea and people should now, just four years later, have
inspired and driven a global campaign involving millions of people in 77
countries is even more remarkable. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a shining
example of Britain leading the world in enterprise and innovation. At this
time of unprecedented global change, I congratulate everyone involved in
Global Entrepreneurship Week for encouraging people and countries to work
together to find new ways to succeed."
Peter Mandelson added:
"The current global economic crisis has demonstrated once again the
interconnectedness of the world in which we live.
Enterprise and innovation are the key to the UK's future economic growth
and success in today's unsettled global market.
"Through initiatives such as Global Entrepreneurship Week we can inspire
the next wave of entrepreneurs to create a "can do" culture".
The week is a combination and expansion of two successful initiatives: the
UK's Enterprise Week which was unveiled in 2004 by Gordon Brown and
Entrepreneurship Week 2007 in the USA which was inspired by Enterprise Week.
Enterprise Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week are coordinated by Make
Your Mark the business-led, government backed national campaign to unlock the
UK's enterprise potential.
The week will comprise of three themed days: Speed network the Globe Day,
an event which will get established and aspiring entrepreneurs talking to each
other and sharing ideas on Tuesday 18th, Women's Entrepreneurship Day on
Wednesday 19th and Clean and Green Day (Social Enterprise Day in the UK) on
For more information about Enterprise Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week
and a full list of the events, visit:
1. Enterprise Week (which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, 17-23rd of
November) is a national celebration of enterprise in all its forms with
thousands of events and activities happening across the UK. Last year there
were over 5,000 events and more than half a million people took part.
2. Global Entrepreneurship Week was co-created by Make Your Mark and the
Kauffman Foundation, the Worlds largest foundation dedicated to
3. Make Your Mark is the national campaign to create an enterprise culture
in the UK. It aims to inspire people to have ideas and make them happen. The
not-for-profit campaign is backed by an unprecedented coalition of businesses,
charities, education bodies and government. It was founded by the four leading
UK business membership organisations - the British Chambers of Commerce, the
CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. Their
Director Generals sit on Make Your Mark's board. The entrepreneur, Peter
Jones, is currently Make Your Mark's Independent Chair. It is supported by the
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and is endorsed by
the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
4. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK
business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets.
5. A number of resources have been sent to all schools and FE colleges
including a DVD with messages of support from the Prime Minister, Peter
Mandelson, Jim Knight and Peter Jones.
Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
7th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET
Public enquiries +44 (0)20 7215 5000
Textphone +44 (0)20 7215 6740 (for those with hearing impairment)
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