Startup Britain entrepreneurs website relaunches

Startup Britain, a Government-backed resource for entrepreneurs which came under fire from the design community last year, has relaunched its website.

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The service, which has been set up by a group of entrepreneurs, hosts links to resources for those seeking to set up or develop their own businesses.

Startup Britain attracted controversy among designers when it launched last March, by linking through to US crowdsourcing site 99designs.com under its Create a Logo section.

Following a piece in Design Week’s sister title Creative Review, the 99 Designs link was replaced with a link to the Design Business Association.

The relaunched site now features a dedicated Brand and Design Services section, which features links to the Design Business Association, the Chartered Society of Designers and Creative Review itself.

This section also features links to Concept Cupboard, a UK-based crowdsourcing site featuring students and recent graduates, and business listing site Bitsy.

However, Startup Britain also takes users through to open-source image-editing software site Gimp, under its link ‘Gimp open-source image-editing software for creating a logo’.

It also features a discounted link to Buildabrand, a service that allows users to create their own logo designs.

Startup Britain co-founder Oli Barrett says, ‘We are hugely supportive of British designers, we wouldn’t be where we are without the support of Browser [which designed the new website].’

He adds, ‘We have to tread a line between supporting the British design industry and providing a full range of options for the entrepreneurs who use our site.’

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