DURING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK POWERED BY NATWEST, WE HAVE MET SOME AMAZING ENTREPRENEURS WHO HAVE INSPIRED US WITH THEIR DRIVE AND DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED. SUPPORTING ITS MISSION TO INSPIRE AND ENABLE ENTREPRENEURS AND EARLY-STAGE BUSINESSES UP AND DOWN THE UK TO GROW AND FLOURISH IS KEY TO US AT KPMG ENTERPRISE.
We have been encouraged by the passion for business and new ways of approaching growth that the Entrepreneurial Spark members live every day and this has become infectious right across KPMG, inspiring many more of our own people to become more involved with the programme.
The relationship with Entrepreneurial Spark has activated a bit of a cultural shift in our own business. The way our volunteers, who are exposed to these hugely energetic entrepreneurs, think and approach the way we do business at KPMG is changing.
During 2017, KPMG individuals from departments all across the firm have provided hundreds of hours of strategic support to the Entrepreneurial Spark network, acting as that vital sounding board and helping them to drive forward their growth plans. The opening of the London Hatchery was a particular highlight this year, and many of our younger members of staff are excited to be given the opportunity to work with these inspiring entrepreneurs.
As a large employer, the ability to offer attractive opportunities to the independent, innovative and flexible thinkers that are graduating in 2017 and beyond is important in helping us to recruit the best talent available. Providing opportunities within early-stage employment for entrepreneurship, leadership, and creativity and stepping outside of the normal 9-5 daily routine is something that is in increasing demand from graduates looking to join a large organisation.
Not only has the Entrepreneurial Spark programme prompted more creative and innovative thinking across our own firm, it has also given our people a much greater appreciation of the challenges and pitfalls of building, running and growing a business, particularly in the current environment. In an era where it’s easy to talk down the economy and batten down the hatches, the inspiring entrepreneurs that we have been working with are still full of optimism and positivity about the future.
Entrepreneurial energy, an ability to spot gaps in the market for innovative products that consumers want, and a speed of response to changing demands are all skills start-up ventures can offer, but which big businesses often struggle to help their people develop. Leaders of large corporates can often become removed from grass-roots innovation and entrepreneurship. Our relationship with Entrepreneurial Spark has allowed us to embed ourselves within an entrepreneurial culture and to experience freedom of thought and passion that can sometimes be stifled by the rules and brand guidelines often laid down by a large corporate.
Our volunteering staff, inspired by the pace at which a start-up can make decisions or change course and bring things to life are bringing new ideas and lots of energy back to their home offices.
The Hubs provide the opportunity to tap into an entirely new network of great emerging tech and really clever people. Through our network of supporting advisors, we are able to provide an established commercial perspective to a new business which we hope will help them with their growth agenda.
We wish all the team at Entrepreneurial Spark success over the coming years.