BUSINESSES in Kirklees are being urged to contribute to a major survey of UK entrepreneurs.
Now in its fifth year, Entrepreneurship UK – compiled by business advisory group Deloitte – is an authoritative report on the sector, reflecting the current attitudes, performance and objectives of entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Huddersfield entrepreneur James Sommerville, of design agency Attik, will provide his views on the results of the 2012-13 survey when the results are published in October.
In last year’s survey, entrepreneurs said the government was relying on private business growth to take the country out of recession – but claimed the commercial culture of the UK as a whole was failing to back entrepreneurial business.
It said business growth was held back by cautious banks restricting lending to low-risk enterprises and claimed that while the Government appeared to be supporting start ups, growing medium-sized businesses faced the greatest tax and regulatory burden of any businesses.
Stephen Hall, entrepreneurial business partner at Deloitte in Yorkshire, said: “When we conducted our survey in 2011, more than 90% of our respondents anticipated revenue growth in 2012.
“The results of our 2012 survey will show whether entrepreneurs have been able to buck the gloomy trend of the UK economy and spearhead positive growth in these uncertain times.
“In Yorkshire, there were 17,000 start-up businesses in 2010 – a rate of 10.2%, which is the highest in England outside of London.
“Every business owner’s mind is focused on the economy – more so than ever with economic headwinds blowing in from Europe.
“I expect entry into new markets, development of new products and services and forming strategic alliances to be high on the agenda amongst our entrepreneurs.”
Mr Hall said: “We will be looking closely at the sentiment of business owners from across the UK and are expecting to hear some good news despite tough market conditions.”
Mr Sommerville co-founded Attik in 1986 with a £2,000 grant from The Prince’s Trust. Over the next 20 years, the small branding and design firm grew to cover the UK, London, New York, Sydney and Los Angeles.
The survey is open until the end of July and takes just 10 minutes to complete by visiting www.entrepreneurshipuk.com