On the up · 12 July 2018

“I fell in love with my co-founder”: Do you mix business with pleasure?

Could this be you?

Are you in a relationship with your business partner? We want to hear from the entrepreneurial couples who started their business together and the startup co-founders who found love along the way.

According to research from FreeAgent, 1.4m of the UK’s 4.7m family-owned businesses are estimated to be run by couples.

This figure is expected to rise further, after a recent survey found that 10% of UK workers would like to start a business within the year – many in partnership with their significant other.

Separate findings, from the Harvard Business Review, found that women who start a business with their partner earn 27% more than before they were in a “copreneur” relationship. In relationships with just one entrepreneur, the study suggested, women earn 33% less.

Commenting on the prominence of entrepreneurial couples, Ed Molyneux, co-founder of FreeAgent, said: “While many will choose to go solo, we believe that there will be a significant number who decide to team up with their partner to start and run a business together.



Three couples reveal what it’s like to start a business together

These three couples give Business Advice readers an insight into their lives as co-founders in love


“That’s because it’s a potentially great move for couples to make with their careers – as you’ll be able to co-ordinate your work around your family commitments, share your passion with your soul-mate and have all of your household and business finances in one place.”

To celebrate all of the co-working couples out there, Business Advice wants to profile the UK couples running a small company together.

We are looking for couples who founded a business together or co-founders who have fallen in love along the way. Now is the time to tell us about your story.

We’re inviting Britain’s entrepreneurial couples to have their stories heard. To nominate yourself or somebody else for our regular series, get in touch at editors@businessadvice.co.uk

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Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.