UK Prime Minister David Cameron launches ‘StartUp Britain’
I firmly believe that entrepreneurial initiatives are crucial to the growth of European economy. Startups should be able to operate in a supportive environment while pushing their innovative ideas.
Big companies like Microsoft must be there for them during these critical stages of development. Microsoft’s partner ecosystem
includes over 146.000 companies in Europe and through programs like BizSpark
we support them in having access to latest technology and key investors.
With all this in mind, we are more than proud to be part of ‘StartUp Britain’, a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to support small businesses in the UK. StartUp Britain is designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK, and it is fully supported by HM Government and has so far gathered the backing of significant international brands including Barclays, BlackBerry, Experian, Intel, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co. and Virgin Media.
The campaign kicked off on 28 March and the Prime Minister along with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable attended the Launch event, as well as representatives from British business and high profile entrepreneurs.
In his speech, the Prime Minister said: "None of this – none of what government is doing, none of what StartUp Britain is doing – will mean anything unless people take these opportunities. To drive our economy forward we need thousands to make that step and strike out on their own”. Moreover, he underlined: "If you’ve been turning over a good idea for years – now is the time to make something of it. If you’re working for a big firm but know you could do a better job on your own – now is the time to make the leap. If you’re dreaming about starting up the next great British brand - now is the time to make it happen.'
Over 60 leading brands have pledged millions of pounds worth of support to new entrepreneurs under a major new campaign launched by the Prime Minister today. Amongst them Microsoft UK has pledged to train 5,000 start-ups in how to use our technology to drive their business and marketing activities, including free technology resources worth up to £400 per company.
To find out more about this exciting initiative visit: www.startupbritain.org