Startup Britain

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StartUp Britain is a national campaign founded by a group of eight British entrepreneurs to encourage enterprise in the UK.

The campaign was launched on 28 March, 2011 by then Prime Minister David Cameron[1] with the support of the Chancellor and Government although it is completely funded by private sector sponsors.

Founding members[edit]


StartUp Britain was acquired in March 2014 by the Centre for Entrepreneurs, part of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation charity. It is run separately from the centre's main activities but partakes in joint reports and research to help shape and inform policy.

The campaign organises an annual summer bus tour which has visited more than 60 British towns and cities. More than 25,000 people have boarded each year to receive advice from representatives of companies including PayPal, BT Business and Intuit.

It runs annual finance, tech and marketing weeks in which experts in these industries share their experiences and has also held one-day events including StartUp Food, StartUp Fashion and StartUp Entertainment which offered guidance on succeeding in these sectors.

StartUp Britain has more than 100 "champions" running campaigns at local level to encourage more people to start their own businesses.

Its Pitch Up initiative has encouraged high street brands such as John Lewis and Sainsbury's to accept pitches from start-up companies while more than 350 small traders have had experience of working from vacant shop units through the Pop Up Britain scheme.

Supporting companies[edit]

Full list of companies that have supported the campaign since its launch:

  1. Alibaba
  2. AXA
  3. Barclays
  4. Bitsy
  5. BlackBerry
  6. Brightword Publishing
  7. Browser Creative
  8. Co-Sponsorship Agency
  9. Coutts
  10. Deloitte
  11. eBay
  12. eConsultancy
  13. Enterprise Nation
  14. Enternships
  15. Ernst & Young
  16. Euro RSCG
  17. Experian
  18. Fujitsu
  20. Global Entrepreneurship Week
  21. Gloople
  22. Google
  23. GoResponse
  24. GoToMeeting
  25. Hewlett-Packard
  26. Hibu
  27. HSBC
  28. Intel
  29. Instant Offices
  30. Irwin Mitchell
  31. IWG
  32. King & Allen
  33. KPMG
  34. Lloyds Bank
  35. MADE Festival
  36. McKinsey & Company
  37. Microsoft
  38. MOO.COM
  39. Mother
  40. MyKindaCrowd
  41. O2
  42. PayPal
  43. PayPoint
  44. Powa
  45. Powwownow
  46. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  47. Reed
  48. Royal Bank of Scotland
  49. Santander
  50. Seko Synergy
  51. Seven Hills
  52. Sign Up To
  53. Simply Business
  54. Standard Chartered
  55. Staples
  56. The Supper Club
  57. UnLtd
  58. Virgin Media
  59. Vistaprint
  60. WorldFirst
  61. Yo! Sushi


  1. ^ "BBC News - David Cameron: Now is time to start business". 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2013-09-21.

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