It’s no secret that the number of people starting businesses has risen dramatically across the UK, especially over the past year.

More and more people are opting out of the 9-5 to start their own business.

The reasons are numerous, from wanting to work for yourself, to gaining a better work/life balance or following a passion; Whatever the motivation, it has been a pleasure to meet such a broad range of new enterprises over the past few months. 

The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that there were 1.34 million self-employed people in the period from December 2018 to February 2019. This is an increase of 76,000 compared to the same time last year.

Here in Cornwall, we see this trend continuing. Not only was there a record rise in the number of people enquiring about starting a business at the beginning of the year, we’ve also noticed a distinct rise in the number of women getting in touch – since the beginning of the year over 57% of start-up business reviews have been women. 


The session was very warm and friendly, very welcoming and it was interesting to see so many inspiring people – Recent Business Review Attendee

What do we do?
The Growth Hub works with local businesses, to help them get where they want to be. We’re like a fresh pair of eyes, an independent view to help businesses become more efficient, attract new customers and grow. Even as a successful company, with a free Business Review we can signpost you to support for everything from strategy and leadership to marketing and finance.

The Skills Hub can help you develop your staff team by giving them the skills they need to help your business thrive. With a free Skills Review we’ll uncover the skills that your business needs, then using our expert knowledge we’ll introduce you to the right, cost-effective training for your team.

If you are a business looking for some help to grow or to upskill your team, we’d love to hear from you.