Championing the UK's Real-Life Entrepreneurs
"We know that the best ideas have humble beginnings and we know that the smallest businesses take the biggest risks."
In a society dominated by celebrity culture, 'celebrity entrepreneurs' have emerged as inspirational figures we are encouraged to aspire to. Their accomplishments are widely recognised and their wealth and status are perceived as the reward of their hard work.
However, this perception risks missing the point of entrepreneurship. Anyone who has a good idea and takes the risk of putting it into practice is an entrepreneur.
We know that the best ideas have humble beginnings and we know that the smallest businesses take the biggest risks. Entrepreneurs are people who take risks, work hard, and make something from nothing. The vast majority are not celebrities. The vast majority go unsung.
These are the people - the real-life entrepreneurs - that we champion.
Why the FSB is championing Real-Life Entrepreneurs
In 1974 the UK faced soaring inflation and stalled economic growth. The FSB was born out of this crisis when its founders wrote a letter to the Manchester Guardian to create a "union or federation of free-thinking individuals ... to do something about it". From that one letter a movement for change was born.
Since then the FSB has given a voice and a platform to hundreds of thousands of business owners, the self employed, the innovators and risk takers; to the UK's real life entrepreneurs. In 2011 with around 200,000 members we are now the biggest business organisation in the EU.
The path of entrepreneurship can be a lonely one, but the FSB is there every step of the way. Now more than ever it is time for our 'real-life entrepreneurs' to be recognised as the force that will rebuild the UK Economy.