Under 25? Start your own business now!

Why under 25s should enter the business world today


Jamie Dunn, entrepreneur, believes there are so many reasons why under 25s should capitalise upon their opportunities and give business a go, as compared to their more mature counterparts.

Limited financial responsibilities, ability to avoid getting a ‘real job’, freedom of time, and social activeness are amongst the reasons why being under 25 is the perfect age for a business start up, or to explore ideas and opportunities.

To read the full article, visit the Virgin Entrepreneurs website here.

If you feel inspired (even if you’re over 25!), come and visit us at our Drop In sessions in the Base on Wednesdays 2-4pm, or email us: enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk

Lancaster entrepreneur featured on BBC Wiltshire

Former Lancaster student interviewed by BBC Wiltshire


Marcus Lilley, founder of Futr Social, graduated in 2011.

Former Theatre Studies student, Marcus Lilley, was recently interviewed on BBC Wiltshire’s Alex Lester show to discuss the rise of Youtube and the evolution of media outlets since the website’s first video, ‘my day at the zoo’, was uploaded 10 years ago. He gave his expert opinion on the development of media consumption and surmised where Youtube might be in 10 years time.

Marcus founded his social media consultancy firm in 2012 and specialises in providing training, and strategy and content creation for clients in the creative industries to improve their social media output. He is currently based in Wiltshire and has been working within the Creative and Social Media Industries for 10 years.

To listen to Marcus’ interview click here or to find out more about his consultancy, visit the Futr Social website.

What Next? Conference, 2015

What Next? Conference 2015






Manchester Comedy Store, Saturday 28th February 2015

Manchester Entrepreneurs are holding their annual one day conference event for aspiring entrepreneurs this month, where over 500 students, graduates and entrepreneurial minds will gather to network, learn and be inspired.

The agenda for the event includes: motivational talks by entrepreneurs and sector experts, a variety of interactive workshops, and the opportunity to pitch your business ideas for the chance to win £500 cash prizes.

Sponsored by the likes of Virgin Trains, RBS and Uber, What Next? will be a great opportunity for Lancaster entrepreneurs and is not to be missed!

Tickets start from £15 and can be found on the What Next? Conference website with further information about the day.

Calling female business owners!

Female business owners wanted for Hear Me Roar! Feminist Festival


Hear Me Roar! Feminist Festival will take place from 6th-8th March 2015

Lancaster Arts City are looking for female business owners in the Lancaster area to be part of the pilot Hear Me Roar! festival by turning their shop windows into artwork. Sue Flowers and her team invite you to help create a series of small-scale bespoke shop window visuals which will prove to be a great opportunity to get your shop and your products noticed.

To be part of the pilot scheme, all you need to do is email Sue Flowers (Chair of the Lancaster Arts Partnership), at info@greenclose.org,  with the following:

  • a ‘significant sentence’ about what it means to be a woman today- this can be anything from a phrase, poem or even an inspirational quote.
  • a digital photo of yourself at work
  • your name and business name

Emails should have ‘women’s festival’ in the subject header and applications need to be sent no later than Tuesday 24th February 2015.

For further information contact Sue on 015242 21233 or 07940775290.

The rise of the entrepreneur in China

Six things China can do to become the world’s most entrepreneurial economy


China simplified the process for registering new business in February 2014, and registration has continued to grow ever since.

China’s economy might be slowing down after 30 years of being the fastest growing in the world, but the entrepreneurial spirit is far from slowing and private business are creating 90% of the country’s new jobs, and the sector accounts for at least three-quarters of the Chinese economy.

Andrew Atherton, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Lancaster University, believes there are six ways in which the Chinese government should continue to encourage private sector development including: prioritising the needs of the private sector above state owned enterprises, investing in new and growing businesses and opening up the markets to more transparent competition to help the private sector expand.

Mr Atherton believes that if the Chinese government were to continue to encourage private enterprise in this way, they have the potential to create the world’s most entrepreneurial economy.

To read the full article click here.