Business development Fred Heritage · 7 March 2016
Growth in serial entrepreneurs seen as key for future startup success
The potential for Britain’s community of serial entrepreneurs to feed back into the UK economy and increase the potential for success for first-time business owners has been realised by the findings of a new study. By providing mentoring and advice based on the success or failure of previous experiences, serial entrepreneurs hold unique attributes which could provide valuable insights for one-time startup founders. Released by Coutts and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), the report, entitled Beyond the first business: the myths, risks and rewards of being a serial entrepreneur, provided an overview of the depth and reach of serial entrepreneurship in the UK. It found that whilst 80 per cent of first-time business owners enjoy being immersed in the day-to-day operations of running a business, just 55 per cent of serial entrepreneurs do, as they tend to prefer a more detached portfolio approach. Serial entrepreneurs were found to be less afraid of failure, with just 13 per cent expressing a fear of failing in business as opposed to 40 per cent of first-time entrepreneurs. Luck was hailed as less important by entrepreneurs as they gain business experience 36 per cent of six-to-ten time startup founders recognised the good fortune that helped their businesses succeed as opposed to 67 per cent of first-time founders. Exploring the motivations, fears and ingredients for success surrounding UK entrepreneurialism in its different guises, the report indicated that serial entrepreneurialism could help foster a new network of support for first-time business owners. to go beyond the first business can be an entirely different challenge to being a one-time founder, said CFE director Matt Smith.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.