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Let’s Celebrate!
Emma Jones

Home Enterprise Day is happening on Friday 20th November and Enterprise Nation members are making plans to celebrate. Emma Jones hopes you’ll join in!

The Day marks the first national celebration of home business. It’s being held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the aim is to encourage more people to start a business from home and support existing home businesses to grow. There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the Enterprise Nation Conference – we’re hosting a national conference on the Day with a top line-up of speakers who will inform and inspire. Speakers like Doug Richard (former Dragon & CEO, School for Startups), Louise Campbell (founder, and, from the world of media Lisa Sykes (Features Editor, Country Living), Jenny Culshaw (Producer, Working Lunch) and Jimmy Leach (head of Digital, The Independent) The event is being held in London and on the day we’ll be launching our 2009 Home Business Report and announcing winners of the 2009 Home Business Awards. Plenty of reasons to come along!

  • Join us on a roadtrip – in the build-up to Home Enterprise Day, we’re going on a roadtrip! Starting in Scotland and travelling south, I’ll be interviewing people in their working homes, talking to policy makers and hosting home business meet-ups every night, at each stop-off point. The end result of the week will be a documentary looking at the rise of home business in the UK. This is where we’ll be – please come out and say hello!

- Monday 14th September  -Scotland
- Tuesday15th September – North East (Newcastle) 
- Wednesday 16th September – London
- Thursday 17th September – South West (Bristol & surrounds)
- Friday 18th September – West Midlands (Herefordshire & Shropshire) 

  • Enter the Home Business Awards – the Awards will be open in early September with winners announced at the Enterprise Nation Conference on Friday 20th November. We’ll have the same categories this year as last which are:

- Home Business of the Year
- Home Business Couple of the Year
- Young Home Business of the Year (under the age of 30)
- Home Office of the Year

Entry is free and you’re in with a chance of winning plenty of profile and prizes.

  • Run your own event – if you’d like to celebrate Home Enterprise Day but unable to join us for the conference in London, why not host your own event. We’ve prepared a basic sheet for anyone looking for tips on how to spend the day.

Whatever you decide to do, and wherever you’ll be, I look forward to celebrating the UK’s first ever Home Enterprise Day with you!

Emma Jones is Founder of Enterprise Nation, the home business website, and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’



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