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Are the various disparate enterprise strands converging to make today the Golden Age of Enterprise? At first glance it is difficult to see the connection between enterprise in schools and the rapid increase in the number of small businesses.

Top tip: Enterprise is for life ‘not just for Christmas’! Sometimes it seems that starting a business couldn’t be easier. After all everyone in the UK seems to be doing it! With a working population of 40 million people, approaching 5 million run businesses. Not so much a nation of shopkeepers but a nation of entrepreneurs!

The prestigious DWF Prize for Innovation was awarded to final year students of German: Euan Graham; Simon Falk; and Sara Richardson, for their Helmo idea - a high-tech cycling helmet locker rental service to be made available alongside the well-known Citybike initiatives throughout Europe.

On Wednesday 25th February, the Leeds Enterprise Centre welcomed four entrepreneurs, including business founders and company directors, to talk about the relevance of business plans in the creation of new ventures. Each panel member spoke about their experiences in setting up their own businesses and the importance of business planning.