Young entrepreneurs from across Birmingham are being asked to take part in a research project about their experiences of starting up in business.
The Young People’s Enterprise Centre of Expertise (YPECOE) is commissioning the research into how people aged 16 to 25 have started out in business and their experiences.
Based at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, YPECOE is one of four centres of expertise set up by the Advantage West Midlands Enterprise Board to advise and support organisations like Business Link in how to provide services for young entrepreneurs.
Jackie Brierton, from the YPECOE, said: “What we’re seeking to do is find out what it is that drives young people in Birmingham to set up their own business and their thoughts on the support that is already on offer to help them to achieve this.
“Young people are one of the four groups – along with women, minority ethnic and social enterprises – which have been identified as needing to perform better here in the West Midlands if we are to improve the levels of enterprise.
“Furthermore, enterprise can be a key way to tackle unemployment among young people in the West Midlands. In this region, young people have suffered more in the recession than older age groups.
“If we are going to be able to provide the support necessary for more young people to start up in business, it is important that we first understand their mindset and the ways organisations like Advantage West Midlands and Business Link can do more to help.
“This could have a major influence on the way support is offered to young people in the future and it is only with the input from those who have already taken the step to start up in business that we can be of benefit.”
The research is being carried out by Coventry-based ERS. To find out how to get involved in the research call Sarah Parkinson on 02476 236172 or email email@example.com