Impressed by new businesses

Is it easier to find employment or to start a business in the current economic climate?

Last Friday I attended the Grand Final of the Wiltshire New Business of the Year Competition. Almost every town in Wiltshire, including Corsham, had a good handful of entries, and the winner from each town reached the final and won several thousand pounds and other goodies. The entrant who impressed me most (but did not win) was a nineteen year old from a local town who was fed up with being unemployed. She decided to set up her own dress shop because she saw there was no other shop in the town selling the kind of clothes she wanted to wear.

I hear people complaining about the lack of help for job seekers; I see the government seeking to help new businesses through Business Link and other schemes. I find myself wondering whether it is easier to set up a (successful) business than it is to find a job at the moment.

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