Starting your own business is probably one of the most challenging, daunting and scary experiences you will encounter. However, overcoming these hurdles, planning and surviving the crucial first months, can often be the most rewarding experience.

In acknowledgement of those who have achieved their dreams or are on their way to starting a business, the Merton Business Support Service has announced plans for a free, one-off evening of networking in celebration of these successes.

The event will take place on 18th November as part of celebrations for Global Entrepreneurship Week, which this year runs from 16 – 22 November.

Deliverers of the Merton Business Support Service, Merton Chamber of Commerce, has been a Global Entrepreneurship Week supporter for a number of years, and hope that the event will allow businesses to acknowledge their own successes and celebrate with like minded businesses that have gone through a similar journey. It will form part of a week of global activities that highlight and celebrate entrepreneurship as well as offering practical support to those who are interested in setting up their own business or developing their business networks.

Kevan Dunne, Merton Chamber of Commerce Business Adviser says, ’We are proud to be part of Global Entrepreneurship week 2015, to celebrate and support small businesses that form the backbone of the local economy and job creation.’

Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive of Youth Business International, the organisation that coordinates Global Entrepreneurship Week UK, comments:

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated in over 140 countries and provides practical support and encouragement to millions of people. This year, the theme for Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK is Make it Happen, giving people the perfect opportunity to take action on their entrepreneurial ideas. We hope you find ways to #GEWmakeit!”

The official hashtag for Global Entrepreneurship Week UK is #GEWmakeit

‘Celebrating Start Up Success’ will take place at on 18th November at 5.30pm at Holiday Inn Colliers Wood. To secure your place/register your interest/for more information, please visit/contact or email


About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

In the UK, the campaign is co-hosted by Youth Business International and three of YBI’s member organisations: Startup Direct, UnLtd and Virgin Startup; all four organisations provide support to young entrepreneurs to start and grow their own business and create employment.

We believe that a large national campaign to promote entrepreneurship is a vital part of making the UK more entrepreneurial, to encourage more people to start up their own business.

Our aim is to create a collaborative, local and practical week which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support that is available to entrepreneurs in the UK.