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Wanted - Older Entrepreneurs: invitation to participate in research study

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing ‘Older entrepreneurs: Changing work patterns’ project is examining the work and retirement aspirations of a group of self-employed older workers in new technology firms. Self-employment in the UK has been steadily increasing, in particular for those over 50. We would like to explore the feelings of this age group about self-employment, and their plans for retirement in telephone interviews which would last no longer than an hour. This follow-on study revisits research previously conducted in 2002-4, funded at that time by Help the Aged, using the same methods and a similar sample.


We would like to speak to people over the age of 50 who are self-employed as the director, owner, or chief executive of companies that

  • Have up to 50 employees (SBEs)
  • Are in the following counties: Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire (Southern-central England)
  • Are in the ICT/ Telecommunications industry
  • Were established at least five years ago.

If you would like to take part, or if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr Kate Hamblin, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, 66 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PR

Tel: 01865 612816


All information will be treated in strictest confidence.