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Starting a Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Joe meets young British people doing just that, and gets advice from entrepreneurs old and new, including Sir Richard Branson.

Watch the video and do the first Task. Then watch the video again and finish the Tasks. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Watch Joe's documentary about young business people. Put the interviews in the correct order.


Task 2

Watch the video again. Complete the paragraph about Arnold du Toit and RolleyGolf with the correct words.


Task 3

Choose the correct tense, present or past, to complete the passive sentences from the video.


Task 4

Can you remember the passive sentences from Task 3? Type in the correct forms of the verbs in (brackets).



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello StrangeGr,

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, British Council Team.

I'm a new adherent, this example (RolleyGolf) is very useful to encourage the young entrepreneur to start theirs busniss.

The Learn English Team

Really great advice from those entrepreneurs. That do help a lot to people wanting to start their own business. I've always wanted to start my own business in my life. I believe the tips here would help me a great deal as I move on to build my own business. Thanks a lot for your amazing materials in English learning.

Hello, British Council Team.

Please, explain, why is the continious form is used in the third sentence (... RolleyGolf is being sold...)? Is it possible to use here Present simple (in passive, of course) tense?


Hello Arseniy,

Yes, it would also be fine to say 'just a few years later, the RolleyGolf is sold around the world'. Joe uses the continuous (or 'progresssive') to make the action seem to be in progress, that people are buying RolleyGolfs as he speaks.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team