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London,
14
May
2013
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13:38
Europe/London

Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur

83% of UK business owners would set out on their own again despite difficulties

Despite the challenges facing small and micro businesses in the UK, the nation’s business owners are displaying unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, according to a 4000-strong poll commissioned by global workspace provider Regus.

Even though two in five entrepreneurs fell into business ownership through redundancy (38%), four in every five say that given the chance they would do it all over again (83%).

Asked about the deterrents to setting up a business today, 80% of business owners cite access to credit, followed by red tape (71%) and lack of government support (64%). Half believe the state of the economy deters budding entrepreneurs, and market dominance by large corporations is also highlighted as a further barrier (44%).

The research points to the prevalence of flexible working practices amongst entrepreneurs, with more than half shunning traditional fixed office working. This determination to remain agile and keep overheads low suggests that business owners have learnt lessons from previous downturns, when inflexible property leases caused financial distress for 45% of UK firms.

Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director at Regus
It is a hugely positive sign that business owners would choose to set out on their own again, even if many of them were ‘forced’ into entrepreneurship by redundancy. This bullish attitude will help lift Britain out of the economic doldrums.

The Employment Allowance is a major step forward for small firms looking to take on staff, and there are a growing number of initiatives such as StartUp Loans that help firms get off the ground. It is access to credit that remains the main obstacle to starting a business.

The onus is on entrepreneurs to control costs as much as possible, in particular when it comes to workspace. We saw a 30% increase in demand for Virtual Offices over the last twelve month period, stemming from savvy entrepreneurs who want professional services on demand without the cost of a permanent office
Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director at Regus
David Duncan, COO of Norwich-based social media management agency Square Social
We started the business in 2012, influenced largely by the dire state of the jobs market,” explains David. “It’s true that access to finance is a major hurdle for start-ups today and, at first, our only option was to fund the business ourselves. I ploughed a significant chunk of my monthly pay packet from my previous job into the company

Square Social already has a growing portfolio of B2B and B2C clients, and were recently granted a loan through the government’s StartUp Loans scheme for their next phase of growth. The StartUps package also gave them a Virtual Office from Regus, one of the scheme’s partners.

A mistake a lot of start-ups make is an initial outlay on property. When we started out, we were a home-based business, with all team members working remotely. The StartUp loan and Regus Virtual Office has come at the right time as we consolidate our local market share and expand to London in a low-cost, low-risk way. It’s fantastic for our image to have a Mayfair business address

Although it wasn’t exactly easy at first, it’s turned out to be a fantastic decision
David Duncan, COO of Norwich-based social media management agency Square Social
About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

More than 1.3 million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of more than 1,500 locations in 600 cities and 99 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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