First off, I attended the Home Business Summit hosted by Enterprise Nation at Somerset House. I was joining the rest of the commuters and in London for 9am, I'm not used to this commuting lark!
The conference was to celebrate the 2.9 million Home Businesses in the UK. 70% off all small business start ups start in the home and contribute £300 billion to the annual UK economy. The event was also to announce new measures by the government to back home businesses as part of it's long term economic plan, Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Enterprise, Business and Energy was there to announce this.
|Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation|
|The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP|
It was inspiring to hear from the panel but none of us expected the Prime Minister to turn up! I thought that the security was OTT but now I know why!
|The Prime Minister! David Cameron|
David Cameron came to share his enthusiasm and support for home businesses and the importance not only for UK economy but the values of the country, he wants us to be a nation of entrepreneurs. It was great to hear that home businesses are being taken seriously.
To find out more about the new legislation and the event visit Enterprise Nation's blog.
It was a privilege to be there and I came away buzzing, as I always do from these events, feeling inspired and raring to take on the business world!
After an exciting morning I went to visit the Cornershop. It's not your normal corner shop it is an art installation by Lucy Sparrow. It stocks all the usual items you would find in a shop but everything is made from felt!
|The Artist, Lucy Sparrow|
|The shop stocks everything from newspapers, sweets and groceries. Everything can be bought|
It is very Impressive and if you get the chance to go, do! It took 8 months to put together and her next project is a convenience store in New York. Check out her blog here.
I ended my day by going along to the crafty catch up club, organised by the lovely Zoe from LadyBird Likes. We met at Hawkhurst Vault a great bar that sells cake!
It was great to meet other crafters/creatives sharing experiences of being self employed/working in a creative job and our love for creating. It's a monthly event and I can't wait for the next one.
It was not my usual Friday and it was a lot of fun to get out and about. I am feeling truly inspired and looking forward to my next day out which just so happens to be this week and in London.