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Business owner’ is in the top five dream jobs for young people according to a survey of 2,000 individuals reported by the Daily Telegraph (5.2.15). That’s a welcome indication that business has a good reputation as a career, and enterprise and entrepreneurship are regarded positively by young people.

Read more from the CBI’s trust-in-business campaign, The Great Business Debate, about the experiences of people who went into business and now run successful companies.

Matthew Riley, Chief Executive of business communications provider Daisy Group plc — a venture he began in his garage.

I got my first job when I was just 16 and started an YTS apprenticeship at a family-fun firm in Lancashire, which wasn’t glamorous and I was on a measly wage. What it did do, though, was teach me some important business values. I was given a chance to learn and it helped me get to where I am today.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive of strategic outsourcing company Mitie Group.

Support for the young people of today, whether in education or the workplace, makes business sense not just on an individual firm by firm basis, but for the competitiveness of the UK economy as a whole. It is only in this way that we will maintain a strong talent pipeline and a global competitiveness that we all strive for.”

In their piece, Barclays talk about Tom New, an entrepreneur who attended Manchester University and joined a panel discussion at the opening of their Manchester Escalator which aims to inspire and nurture start-ups.

He commented on the definition of an entrepreneur: “Enterprise is a very big term. You open a fish and chip shop and suddenly you’re an entrepreneur.”

What do you think an entrepreneur is? Do we need more young people to aspire to be business owners than pilots or footballers? Let us know in the comments below

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