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NCGE reports rise in graduate entrepreneurs
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Life after graduation
More degree-holders are shunning the graduate job market to set up their own businesses, according to the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE).
The group has recorded an increase in enquiries about becoming self-employed since the recession started, with 3,300 graduates signing up for information in the past six weeks alone.
It has told the government that it will reach a target of 5,000 by March 2010, but is optimistic that it will achieve this by Christmas.
Ian Robertson, chief executive of the NCGE, put the rise down to a lack of mainstream graduate jobs and said that "you couldn't get a better time" to set up a business than in the current climate.
"There is more support and more interest in helping unemployed graduates set up a business, so there's more support available," he explained.
The Mirror recently reported that the NCGE is organising some 40 free events offering advice and networking opportunities for budding business leaders, taking place in UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Carlisle and Manchester.