With that in mind, David Cameron has vowed to treble the number of start-up loans the government is dishing out to Britain's aspiring entrepreneurs. Who wouldn't love that? There's just one little problem: if that same government doesn't make some serious changes to the level of support small businesses are currently afforded, in five years we may have about 75,000 failed startups on our hands.
Volunteering is a great thing. In search of a little more meaning and reconnecting with with my country boy, Devon roots, I volunteered for Trees for Cities in London, for a time. Planting trees is a therapeutic process in its own right, but the best thing is watching what you planted, grow, take shape and become a part of the landscape.
What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.
It takes a certain type of person to make a business successful, not everyone is cut out to start a business. The harsh reality is that the vast majority of businesses will fail, one in three start-ups collapse within the first three years, which is often down to having an insufficient support and expertise network.