Small business blog
Successful entrepreneurs have an unflinching desire
and determination to
hit their targets.
Despite expressing serious concerns about tax and bureaucracy, the Spanish have been the most active innovators over the past three years, work the longest hours, and are most likely to have grown their order book over the past 12 months.
The best entrepreneurs are absolutely assured of their abilities.
The Dutch, Germans and French were the most confident in labelling themselves as entrepreneurs.
need to be persistent
networkers and relentless
in professional development.
Just over half of respondents are planning to launch a new product or service in the coming year.
Innovation is strongest among firms that export.
Overall optimism levels are at a three-year high, with the US coming out as the most optimistic nation about future business conditions.
The best entrepreneurs desire gain more than they fear loss
Luke Johnson, serial entrepreneur and Chairman, Risk Capital Partners
Entrepreneurs are networkers
They spot commercial opportunities emerging from new relationships.
One in five businesses increased investment in their business last year and the same proportion plan to do so again in the coming year.
Small business owners and managers are a hard-working lot, with respondents saying they put in an average of just over 42 hours a week and nearly one in five works more than 60 hours a week.
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