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Government launches Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship

Parliamentary Group for entrepreneurship

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the launch the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship to give businesses and startup founders a voice in the Houses of Parliament.

The group will work on specific policy areas directly affecting entrepreneurs in the UK, including; lowering business taxes, personal taxes and cutting business regulation.

As part of its mission, the APPG will seek to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and policitians, ensuring that entrepreneurs’s input into the policymaking process, and informing them of changes to policies that may impact their businesses directly.

At the launch today, the business secretary Sajid Javid will say: “I want to make Britain the best place to start and grow a business by backing entrepreneurs to drive forward our economy. In an environment that encourages innovation and ideas, this government is championing ambition and creating jobs.

“I’m proud today to be launching the APPG for Entrepreneurship, which will make sure the voice of entrepreneurs is heard loud and clear in Parliament,” he added.

In the first year, the APPG for Entrepreneurship will focus on four policy areas:

Enterprise Education: How can we ensure our schools, colleges and universities equip students with the skills necessary to start businesses?
Exporting: What’s holding back British entrepreneurs from punching our weight when it comes to exporting?
Tax Reform: What reforms can we make to the current tax system to further encourage British entrepreneurs?
Female Founders: Why are too few women-led businesses reaching the same economic scale as that achieved by male-led companies?

Alan Mak MP, Chair of the APPG for Entrepreneurship, added: “The new Entrepreneurship APPG will be a key bridge between Westminster policymakers and entrepreneurs across Britain.

“Economic growth driven by innovation, exports and educational excellence is at the top of the Government’s agenda, and I’m delighted Business Secretary Sajid Javid is reaffirming his commitment to entrepreneurship by launching our APPG,” concluded Mak.