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Blossoming enterprises show route to recovery

By BHawes  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

Jade Manley

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Businesses in Gloucestershire are set to end the year on a high note after it was revealed that Britain's start-up enterprises are booming.
As the country emerges from its longest ever recession it emerged that the UK has seen 502,000 start-ups launched in 2013-a three year record.

The campaign group StartUp Britain said it was the highest figure since it began recording new businesses in 2011 and was expected to rise still further to 523,000 by the end of the year.

Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain said: "These figures come directly from Companies House and show we are on target to hit half a million new registered businesses for the first time.

"We've been looking at these figures for three years since the campaign began and it's clear the UK's start up community is fit and healthy and shows no sign of abating."

In Gloucestershire there were 5,000 start up businesses last year and in Gloucester some 450 new enterprises were launched in just six months. The three year survival rates for businesses in the county is one of the best in England.

At just 22, Jade Manley has become one of the county's youngest entrepreneurs having just launched a florists, Passiflora in High Street, King's Stanley.

Jade went straight from Rednock School, Dursley into floristry gaining NVQs and customer service qualifications.
"I've worked in floristry for seven years. I started as a Saturday girl in another shop and just realised I knew what I was doing and liked it," she said

Jade has been given financial support from her parents Shirley and Russell in launching her new business and says the backing she has had from local customers has been amazing.

"It has been very busy but that is due to the time of the year," said Jade yesterday. "We have a lot of Christmas table arrangements going out.

"I make all my own holly wreaths and they are selli ng like hot cakes.

"I have had some very positive feedback and customer service on a one to one basis is very important."

Jade said it was crucial to do your homework before launching a business.

"You have to be confident in yourself and your ability to do well. You must trust your instincts."

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