Small Business Britain is the UK’s leading champion and supporter of small firms, and they have launched a new campaign to profile, support and inspire disabled entrepreneurs.
d-Entrepreneur will celebrate businesses led by disabled entrepreneurs, to raise awareness of their contribution to UK society and economy, and showcase success.
With new research conducted by the campaign finding that only 15% of disabled entrepreneurs have access to a peer-to-peer support network, and over a third (46%) feel a lack of confidence can be a barrier to success, the new campaign aims to bring together entrepreneurs with shared experiences of disability in a supportive community.
“There are 14 million disabled people in the UK and nearly one in five working age adults are disabled. Many start their own business and many more aspire to,” said Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain.
“Our mission is to celebrate, enable and champion the amazing contribution of these entrepreneurs, and in doing so build a more inclusive small business community. We need to make sure everyone has access to support, networks and inspiration, regardless of circumstances, and work together to build confidence in differently abled entrepreneurs to reach their potential.”
Disabled business-owners are being encouraged to reach out to join the d-entrepreneur community and share their stories via dentrepreneur.uk/contact/. These stories and shared experiences will be a vital way of sharing the success of small businesses and will hopefully inspire others to embark on an entrepreneurial journey.
Entrepreneurs are also invited to apply for this year’s Small Business Saturday annual #SmallBiz100, run by the team behind d-entrepreneur.
Each year 100 phenomenal, dynamic and diverse businesses from all industries around the UK are profiled in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on the 4 December 2021.
Applications for the SmallBiz100 are free and close on 30 June 2021. For more information visit – smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/small-biz-100.
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