By Max Clarke

More students are setting up their own businesses and creating their own job opportunities than ever before, research from online business marketplace,, reveals.

Much of this growth has been driven by high unemployment and an unforgiving jobs market, though the role of entrepreneur has been heavily publicised with the help of popular television programmes like Dragons’ Den or The Apprentice.

The most entrepreneurial area,’s research suggests, is London and the south east, from where 56% new sign-ups come, with the Midlands and Yorkshire coming in second and third respectively with 11% and eight% of the total new sign-ups.

“Our figures show that more students are having to set up their own businesses or become freelance consultants than ever before,” said Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO and Founder of

“The jobs market today isn’t creating enough new jobs for this year’s crop of students and it looks set to get worse with a bleak economic outlook. Yet rather than giving up or taking a year out abroad, students are working harder to create their own opportunities.

The figures also show that “doing it themselves” is paying off. Figures from the site show that there has been a 101% increase in earnings by students in the last three months signing up to the site compared to this time last year.

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