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Head north to find the next entrepreneurs



The North has become the area most likely to produce the next generation of entrepreneurs, according to the latest round of analysis that once again highlights the region as a key business center.

Business data experts have looked at the latest government figures which showed the total size of UK business registers topped 4.7 million after more than a year of leave uncertainty.

They looked at Google search volumes focused on the skills needed to launch a startup as well as the cities that are growing the most from those that operate them.

They found that people were doing 154,300 searches per month looking for courses focused on starting their own business. Over 65,000 of this research was generated by people based in the North.

Cap-Hex: Luke and Andy

As Chester has proven to be the city with the most budding entrepreneurs, Edinburgh, Leeds and Sheffield have followed closely behind, according to on-demand call response customer services group alldayPA.

Other results suggest that people who live there are more likely to seek out the types of skills needed to start a small business.

Many aspiring CEOs have also invested in their education by enrolling in short courses run by universities in Manchester and Leeds. Others attended webinars and conferences hosted by successful business leaders who shared industry tips that helped them search for investors, bank loans, and recruiting.

But not everyone chose to go back to school. In fact, among those that emerged during the study, there were some who did not have business qualifications.

One was the street fashion brand, Hex MCR, which is already catching the attention of well-known names like footballer Danny Simpson, Joe Lenzie of Sigma and Callum Jones of Love Island. Hex, co-founded by 30-year-old construction workers Luke Powell and Andy Gibson, started trading online in October 2020, offering a selection of Hex hats on their website.

We also believe that customer experience is crucial which is why we send orders in premium packaging.

The Manchester pair received such demand for their trucker caps that they decided to expand the collection to include an eco-friendly line, including clothing and bags, for its official launch.

The company has only been around for six months and has already seen a 400% increase in sales from month one to month five thanks to its initial interest from celebrities and influencers.

The ranking of entrepreneurs on the rise

“We’ve been discussing starting a clothing business together for quite some time,” Luke said. “We noticed that streetwear was growing in popularity and the lockdown only accelerated the demand for activewear to relax, train and work out, so despite the economic uncertainty, we decided to cross. not. “

Andy said: “Seeing footballers, reality TV stars and other celebrities wearing Hex MCR products has been a huge confidence boost. We wanted to create an authentic, premium brand with humble, urban origins, and we think that’s what makes products attractive – quite simply, the brand is identifiable. We also believe that customer experience is crucial, which is why we send orders in premium packaging; even when shopping online, there is always an experience to be had.

Gareth Jeffery, head of customer services at alldayPA, said: “Looking at this data, we can see that people have been inspired to start their own businesses across the country. As a result, people have been able to find new jobs and work in areas in which they can thrive. “