By Claire West


Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for the nation’s “doers and grafters” to help stimulate the UK economy comes 19 days ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010, the largest entrepreneur movement in the world.

In his article in The Saturday Telegraph, and again at today’s CBI conference, the Prime Minister emphasised the critical role that start-ups and small businesses must play in driving economic growth.

Next month Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 will put the UK at the heart of a worldwide movement of entrepreneurs, in a move that aims to stimulate growth through enterprise.

From November 15-21, 7.5 million participants will take part in 32,000 events in over 100 countries around the world, exposing people of all ages to quality entrepreneurial experience.

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of Enterprise UK, founders of Global Entrepreneurship Week, says: “Arguably, it has never been more important to encourage people to start new businesses and create new opportunities, to see the much heralded ‘enterprise-led recovery’.

“Given the demand on the private sector to create 500,000 jobs, Global Entrepreneurship Week comes at a critical to help develop people’s enterprise skills, confidence, and help them realize their ambitions.”

Some of the fantastic events that will be happening over the week include:

• The week’s high profile launch, based at Google’s London HQ, and backed by senior ministers including the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The launch will feature a debate with leading entrepreneurs and business leaders. (Monday 15 November)

• The Big Business Breakfast, run by Getting British Business Online and supported by Regus. The flagship event will be attended by Matt Brittin, Google’s UK Chief Executive. There will be a series of events around the country encouraging businesses to get online and connect through speed networking. (Friday 19 November)

• The week long final of Your Big Year, a year-long international enterprise competition in Liverpool to win a year’s trip around the world giving the winner the opportunity to explore countries, meeting leaders and entrepreneurs and become immersed in different cultures.

• Global Entrepreneurship Week Summit event at the British Library in London with high profile entrepreneurs answering questions from an audience of aspiring entrepreneurs. (Wednesday 17 November)

• “The Future MADE: A new brand, a fresh ambition” Sheffield and the enterprise led recovery: an evening conference in association with the Financial Times. Speakers include Jessica Ennis, World Champion Heptathlete. (Thursday 18 November)