More than half of young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 want to start their own business, but it can be hard to know where to start.
Every November, we host Westminster Enterprise Week, to help you take the first step towards achieving your business dreams.
Westminster Enterprise Week is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest entrepreneurship campaign.
The second Westminster Enterprise Week took place on 14 to 20 November 2016.
Over 2,800 students from Westminster's schools and colleges participated in a packed programme of events, designed to inspire and promote enterprise in the heart of London.
Among the WEW 2016 highlights were talks from successful entrepreneurs (including Tim Campbell and Margaret Mountford, known from the BBC's The Apprentice), tours of Westminster’s enterprise spaces, business pitch competitions, and a wide range of hands-on workshops.
Participation in Westminster Enterprise Week takes place via schools and colleges.
If you are a student who is interested in attending in WEW 2017, or work with young people and would like to know more, please contact David Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you run a business or enterprise space? Get involved in Westminster Enterprise Week and help us inspire the next generation of Westminster entrepreneurs.
See how Wills and Milena are using services in Westminster to run their own businesses.
“After school I was lucky enough to get work experience with broadcaster and DJ Trevor Nelson who helped set up Kiss FM out of his girlfriend’s flat. He really inspired me to try and set up my own station, Radio King Online.
“Running a business has its ups and downs but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Looking back on our 5-year business plan we’ve exceeded our goals, through lots of trial and error.
“I’m now working with the charity Vital Regeneration in areas around Paddington and Church Street to inspire other young people in Westminster to get into business. There’s great business support in Westminster and I often use space at #venture382, an enterprise hub on Church Street, to work and connect with other start-up entrepreneurs.”
“Room for Tea is a website for young people who need short-term and affordable housing in London, specifically interns, apprentices, trainees or people who are doing work experience. If they’re not from London and they need somewhere to stay in the capital, the idea is that they can stay in someone’s house.
“I visit each and every room before putting it on the website. Being in Westminster means I can get everywhere really easily. That’s why I decided to run my business from the Impact Hub Westminster, it’s so central and makes life a lot easier.
“The Impact Hub is like a big office, but everyone here is working on their own business. You get membership to work inside the Hub and you also get access to lots of networking events. It’s a great way to meet different people who work in the same space as you, even though they’re from different companies.”
There is lots of support available for young entrepreneurs in Westminster. Find information and advice on everything from start-up workshops to funding options in our Young Enterprise guide.