Where do you dream up your best business ideas? In bed? On the loo?

Scots dream up their best business ideas in bed, according to a new study by Barclays Business. 

Scots are most likely to be struck by their best ‘lightbulb moment’ ideas when they’re in bed, according to new research from Barclays Business.
A third (34%) of the nation’s budding entrepreneurs have named the comfort of their own bed as the most inspiring place to dream up a new business concept. This is followed by the great outdoors (19%), while travelling (13%), having a cup of tea or coffee (13%) and in the shower or bath (13%) all shared third place.
825,000 Scots say they have had an idea to start the ‘next big thing’ but didn’t pursue it.  And 10.9 million other Brits (21%) say they are in the same boat. More than half of those (54%) say they saw someone else launch the same idea at a later stage.
Those that ‘missed out’ estimate their idea could have made them £62,000 richer (on average) – a collective total of £265 billion – if they had launched their idea themselves.
The need for more mentoring also emerged as an important factor for a quarter (25%) of future entrepreneurs – the UK’s business dreamers say they would need four hours a week on average with a mentor to help them turn their ideas into reality.
Funding was named across the UK as the top reason why business ideas are not pursued, with over half (51%) of those polled saying insufficient funds was a major factor in them not pursuing their ideas.
Not knowing where to start (42%) is the second biggest factor, followed by lack of confidence (38%) and not having the right kind of knowledge (34%).
Not having access to the right tools and equipment (20%), along with lack of space (15%), were other reasons given.
Richard Heggie, head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs at Barclays, said: “Every great entrepreneur starts with their ‘Eureka moment’ and our poll shows that Scotland is home to a wealth of inspired thinkers. It’s essential that the industry does all it can to harness and encourage this creativity. Not having access to lending, or to the right tools, advice and guidance simply shouldn’t be a barrier holding back the UK’s future disrupters and pioneers.
“With Eagle Labs we have launched Incubator spaces to help develop ideas, build confidence and networks, in addition to our £200million fund for scale up businesses.”
Barclays says it’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs fulfil their business ambitions and scale-up potential. Barclays’ Eagle Lab Incubator spaces have been launched with this in mind, providing the space, tools and guidance to develop creative concepts and support budding entrepreneurs to scale – although these are currently only available in England.
Barclays’ £200 million venture debt fund has also been established to help the UK’s high-growth firms to compete with Silicon Valley.
Top five places where Scots are struck with their best ideas:
  1. When in bed
  2. When in the great outdoors
  3. When enjoying a cup of tea or coffee
  4. While travelling in the car or on a train
  5. While in the shower or bath
Top factors stopping Brits from launching a business idea:
  1. Not having access to sufficient funding (51%)
  2. Not knowing where to start (42%)
  3. Not having the confidence to pursue the idea (38%)
  4. Not having the right knowledge (34%)
  5. Not having enough time to make it happen (33%)
  6. Not having access to a mentor or someone to provide guidance (25%)
  7. Not having access to the right tools (20%)
  8. Not having access to space (15%)
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Hannah Hamilton, who is a former Fife College student, is a reporter and assistant content editor for Scotland B2B, specialising in B2B news and features. She can be contacted via editorial@scotlandb2b-eastcoast.co.uk