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BBC interviews Claire Ingram Bogusz on Swedish right to entrepreneurial leave of absence

Claire Ingram Bogusz interviewed by British radio BBC about the right for leave of absence to start a new business.

BBC reports about a generation of "side hustlers", working on own projects alongside their fulltime job. Sometimes this leads to a new career, but what help does the governemts around the world offer for someone who wants to make a career of a "side-hustle"?

For the last two decades, full-time workers with permanent jobs in Sweden have had the right to take a six-month leave of absence to launch a company (or alternatively, to study or to look after a relative). Bosses can only say no if there are crucial operational reasons they can’t manage without a staff member, or if the new business is viewed as direct competition. Employees are expected to be able to return in the same position as previously. BBC reporter Maddy Savage asks whether this should also be tried in the UK.

“To my knowledge this is the only country that offers a legally-enshrined right to take a leave of absence for entrepreneurship,” explains Claire Ingram Bogusz, post-doctoral researcher in entrepreneurship and information systems at House of Innovation, SSE.

“You meet a lot of people who’ve got permission from their employer to start up something in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with their employment, and once that business is up and running, then they take a leave of absence to see if they can actually make a go of it,” she says.

To read the BBC article, click here, and to listen to the radio clip, click here.

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