Yesterday I attended the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, a celebration of the amazing innovation and entrepreneurial environment that is present in the UK right now. What struck me was how little we hear about this sub-culture in the normal business reporting.
This evening was incredibly uplifting, hearing about the ideas and business that have been created and having success. We need to increase the level of success that entrepreneurs have, and this is a mix of knowledge, skills, support and, of course, having a great idea or product.
The star winner of the evening was Shaun Palfrey, founder of Tangle Teezer. I wish I still had hair that could benefit from this product, but my daughter uses this product daily. This “simple” looking product is having amazing success both in the UK and abroad.
To be an entrepreneur, you have to be a dreamer to imagine how you can help to create a better world. Your ideas need the solve problems that people have or will have in the future. Success comes by helping people solving their problem, which is the primary benefit, financial reward is a secondary benefit, and not always guaranteed.
In the cold light of day, last night has made me reflect on what I can do to support entrepreneurs, and how could I support my children in a future that is more uncertain and unpredictable, but has more opportunities than ever.
I need to consider my thoughts further, and would love to know what you are doing to give me some ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.