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. EY
  16. Euro RSCG
  17. Experian
  18. Fujitsu
  20. Global Entrepreneurship Week
  21. Gloople
  22. Google
  23. GoResponse
  24. GoToMeeting
  25. HP
  26. HSBC
  27. Intel
  28. Instant Offices
  29. Irwin Mitchell
  30. King & Allen
  31. KPMG
  32. Lloyds TSB
  33. MADE Festival
  34. McKinsey
  35. Microsoft
  36. MOO.COM
  37. Mother
  38. MyKindaCrowd
  39. O2
  40. PayPal
  41. PayPoint
  42. Powa
  43. Powwownow
  44. PWC
  45. Reed
  46. Regus
  47. RBS
  48. Santander
  49. Seko Synergy
  50. Seven Hills
  51. Sign Up To
  52. Simply Business
  53. Standard Chartered
  54. Staples
  55. The Supper Club
  56. UnLtd
  57. Virgin Media
  58. Virgin Trains
  59. Vistaprint
  60. WorldFirst
  61. Yell
  62. Yo! Sushi


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

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