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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

This week (16-22 November) is Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their enterprising talents and turning their ideas into reality

Over seven days hundreds of thousands of people from across the UK will take part in events and activities to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, with a focus on realizing global opportunities – helping create jobs, drive recovery and deliver growth.

Events are taking place in schools, colleges, universities, football grounds, pubs, town halls, businesses and workplaces.

The initiative is run by Enterprise UK, the business-led, government-backed campaign to increase entrepreneurship in the UK.

Lord Davies, Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business, said:
“The challenges faced by the global economy in the past year highlight the interconnectedness of the world today. Entrepreneurs have a valuable role to play in applying their creativity and boldness to help us overcome those challenges.

“That is why Global Entrepreneurship Week supports entrepreneurs to make the global connections that maximise growth.”

“British ideas have changed people’s lives across the globe. In recent years, British entrepreneurs have brought to life the internet, the i-pod and the wind-up radio. I hope this week inspires a new generation of ideas that will change the way we live.”

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said:

“Whether they’ve built a global empire or work from their kitchen table, entrepreneurs are key to driving economic prosperity. Their contribution to the UK and global economy cannot be underestimated.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week helps ensure that the ideas and aspirations of all entrepreneurs are built in to successful enterprises.”

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 and to participate in an event near you, go to www.gew.org.uk

To find out what the global commuity is doing, go to www.unleashingideas.org

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