BRAVE reports record demand for start-up advice

brave-factory-award-pic-1024x683BRAVE Enterprise in Bristol is advising record numbers of aspiring entrepreneurs as new figures reveal the city has become a hotbed for start-up businesses.

The not-for-profit business support organisation says it has had to double the number of free Thinking about Business workshops it runs for people considering self-employment.

In the last 12 months more than 400 people have attended the BRAVE workshop, which represents a 30% increase on the previous year.

In January alone attendance has been nearly double that of January 2015. BRAVE says its statistics show that nearly half of these people will go on to start their own business.

Meanwhile, the number of new businesses launched nationally reached record levels in 2015, according to latest figures analysed by StartUp Britain and the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Based on official data from Companies House, the figures show that Bristol remains a top area for new company formations, with 11.16 start-ups per 1,000 people.

This is more than many other entrepreneurial hot spots such as Oxford and Cambridge.

Liz Sands, director of BRAVE Enterprise, comments: “The latest figures show that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Bristol. This is certainly borne out by our experience at BRAVE and the record numbers of people attending our free Thinking about Business workshops.”