Opinion: Entrepreneurship isn't just for owners

The county needs a highly skilled, innovative and entrepreneurial workforce to complete in the ever changing business landscape.

John Lonsdale UCLanThe University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has championed enterprise and entrepreneurship at all levels for many years and still maintains its position as top in the region for the number of student and graduate start-ups is helps to create, and is proud of the sustainability rate of these businesses of over 70 per cent after three years.

John Lonsdale, head of innovation and enterprise at UCLan, says: "Many creative, digital and new media businesses are supported through a programme of business support delivered by mentors and practitioners at our dedicated business incubator in the Media Factory

"We provide them with guidance, planning and signposting.  David Cameron visited the University in Preston earlier this year to meet young entrepreneurs and take part in a question and answer session with local business, and it was here he announced a £30m boost to the government’s Start-up Loan Scheme.

"Being entrepreneurial is not just about setting up a business, it is about being entrepreneurial in the job that you do.  UCLan has invested in providing all students with the opportunity to undertake a structured work experience opportunity. "Supported by advice and guidance on how to develop professional careers, it is not by chance that nearly 80 per cent of UCLan graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.  A university education opens a lot of career doors, it develops life skills, sets graduates on a path of lifelong learning to higher qualifications, and creates the business leaders of the future."