By Marcus Leach

A new comprehensive and interactive calendar of key enterprise events throughout 2012 has been unveiled by Business Minister Mark Prisk.

The StartUp 2012: Enterprise Calendar highlights over 600 enterprise opportunities across the UK throughout the year. They include competitions, conferences, workshops and networking events that could be the kick-start needed to help a new or growing business venture.

The calendar is part of the new Business in You campaign, launched by the Prime Minister earlier this week, which brings together the Government and private sector to inspire people to start or grow their business.

“We want 2012 to be the year of enterprise, where entrepreneurs can unlock their business potential," Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said.

"Enterprise events don’t just take place on one day, or during one week, but they appear throughout the year and across the country. We need to make sure people know that there is support and advice available, that it is easy to get, and it is often on their doorstep.

“The Government is committed to providing more opportunities for businesses to start and grow. We are continuing to increase the number of volunteers through the new national mentoring scheme and have launched an improved business link website. The enterprise calendar is a great addition to our support for business in 2012 and beyond.”

Rajeeb Dey, Co-Founder of StartUp Britain and founder of Enternships.com, said the calendar will be a huge benefit to businesses.

“The Enterprise Calendar is about helping businesses go for it. It will shine a spotlight on the broad range of plentiful resources that exist for people wanting to start or grow a business in 2012," Dey said.

"This will be a unique asset for small businesses to search for, and find, relevant events in their area and plan their year ahead. 2012 promises to be a very exciting year for enterprise — never has there been a better time to go for it in business.”

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