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'Hello mum, I've had a bright idea' Vibrant future for our rising stars.

TEES Valley's young entrepreneurs are on the march.

With a burning desire to control their own destiny, workers are ditching the cosy nine-to-five lifestyle to turn their bright ideas into commercial gain.

According to national statistics, in 2007-2008 a whopping 30% of the North-east's population aged 16-plus were self-employed people between 16 and 35 - while the number of Tees Valley VAT-registered businesses rose by 6.2% in 2007.

Although the North-east still has one of the lowest rates in the UK for enterprise activity, Tees Valley's rising stars are painting a brighter future for the local economy.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2009
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