I spent this morning walking around Manchester going from one meeting to another. It struck me that every coffee shop I walked past was full of people with lap tops in discussions and most probably exploring new ideas and business possibilities. I would love to carry out a piece of research to investigate the impact Starbucks, Coffee Republic and all these other places have had on deal making, new business ideas and ventures. I am fairly certain that loads of enterprises have been set up and progressed in these establishments – these places without doubt stimulate and allow innovation to flourish.
At at time when LEPs are being put forward as the focal point for business support and the Government is looking for innovative ideas to help the next generation of entrepreneurial stars..maybe someone somewhere should have a chat with Starbucks and see how they can help. The new coalition Government may wish to invest in a load of coffee shops to stimulate even more entrepreneurial networking