An independent campaign to ‘celebrate, inspire and accelerate’ enterprise in the UK has won the backing of Sheffield-based national law firm Irwin Mitchell.
StartUp Britain is a private sector business growth scheme which has won the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne and is designed to support entrepreneurs and growing businesses by offering preferential rates on a range of services including advertising, IT and business mentoring.
Irwin Mitchell has become one of the founding sponsors and legal advisers of StartUp Britain and is offering initial free legal advice to its organisers as well as to businesses that sign up to the initiative.
Niall Baker, head of Irwin Mitchell Business said: “We believe the StartUp Britain scheme will greatly assist in getting the economy moving. Fast growing and start up businesses are the engine room for the economy as not only do they create new jobs, they have the potential to be the big organisations in the future. We already provide a similar helpline service to SME customers of one of the UK’s biggest banks and as a leading business services law firm, we were keen to get behind and support an innovative scheme such as this.”
Other companies backing the scheme include bankers Barclays; mobile phone company O2, which is providing a month’s free line rental; office accommodation company Regus, which is giving a month’s free membership of its Businessworld service and Google, which is offering free internet advertising for each start-up.