Lord Young: “Tell me what you need, entrepreneurs”

Lord Young: “Tell me what you need, entrepreneurs”

Enterprise adviser to the Prime Minister, Lord Young, has teamed up with entrepreneurs’ organisation Prelude to launch Growth Britain, a new platform for business owners to submit policy requests to government.

Lord Young is calling on business owners to suggest ideas to help Britain’s businesses start up and grow. Photo: PA

By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor

4:59PM GMT 28 Nov 2013

The Growth Britain campaign invites the public to pitch their ideas and offer feasible solutions to what will help drive growth and positively shape the British enterprise landscape.Visitors to the Growth Britain website can offer up ideas for seven categories, spanning regulation, skills, education, tax, employment and infrastructure. Key recommendations so far include: a patent fund for those who earn under £20,000 per annum and more advice for budding entrepreneurs at school level.

Ideas can be voted up or down, and the businesspeople who submit the most popular ideas will be invited to Downing Street to present their plans to Lord Young, who has pledged to help turn them into government policy.

Lord Young said of the campaign: “I’m delighted to be working with Prelude and Growth Britain, lending my support to this initiative to garner the best ideas. I look forward to inviting the best contributors to a round table discussion at Number 10.”

“It’s easy to spot what’s not working, but what’s much harder is to see what might be done to help drive growth,” said Prelude CEO Duncan Cheatle. “If you have a practicable idea that will help make Great Britain, Growth Britain then have your say here. Together we can contribute to improving the enterprise space in Britain.”

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