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UK’s most successful entrepreneurs back Conservatives

Some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs have come out publicly in favour of the Conservative Party winning the next election.

Putting creative minds to good use, a video has just surfaced on Twitter, made by ‘Innovation Britain’, a new Youtube account, further highlighting the support given by companies like Hailo, Just Eat and Lastminute.com to the Conservative cause.

The video ends: vote entrepreneurs, vote startups, vote prosperity, vote growth, vote business, vote innovation, vote Conservative.

The open letter was sent to the Guardian newspaper last night, on behalf of 93 UK-based entrepreneurs, of which just 12 are women.

The sentiment of the letter comes in contrast to the results from a member survey done by Ada’s List that found the majority of women in tech will be voting Labour. This survey was done among people from entry-level to CEO and highlighted that women were considering life issues, as well as those of the tech industry.

Both the Financial Times and The Economist have now come out in favour, with some reservation, of another Conservative-led government.

The letter and signatories, all of whom were signing in a ‘personal capacity’, can be found below:

Between us we founded, funded or run some of Britain’s most successful startups. Through the internet we serve your food, find your destination, send your money, book a taxi, identify a song you are hearing – and many other things besides. Our success has been the product of sleepless nights and days of hard work. Thanks to colleagues and customers we have started and grown great British businesses. But our success has also been helped by the government’s support. Key have been schemes to boost investment in startups, such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed EIS, which have created the best environment for venture capital in Europe; and the R&D tax credits and the Patent Box, which have helped make innovation pay. We want to see these schemes continue after May’s general election.

Just as important as individual schemes has been the government’s attitude. It has enthusiastically supported startups, job-makers and innovators and the need to build a British culture of entrepreneurialism to rival America’s. Elsewhere in the world people are envious at how much support startups get in the UK. This Conservative-led government has given us wholehearted support and we are confident that it would continue to do so. It would be bad for jobs, bad for growth, and bad for innovation to change course.

(All in a personal capacity)
Adarsh Radia Telenomics
Adnan Ebrahim CarThrottle
Alain Falys Yoyo Wallet
Alastair Lukies Monitise
Alastair Paterson Digital Shadows
Alex Francis LoveHolidays.com
Alex Hoye Runway East
Alex Chesterman Zoopla
Alex Asseily Jawbone
Alex Stephany Just Park
Alex Trewby Divide
Alexandra Chong Lulu
Alick Varma Osper
Ambarish Mitra Blippar
Andrew Fisher Shazam
Andrew McLoughlin Huddle
Andy Phillipps Reevoo
Anthony Eskinazi JustPark
Arnaud Bertrand Housetrip
Aurore Hochard Taskhub
Bejay Melunga Supa Academy
Ben Whitaker Masabi
Bernhard Niesner Busuu
Brent Hoberman Founders Forum, Made.com, Lastminute.com
Bret Akker LoveSpace
Charlie Muirhead Righster
Christopher Le Breton RolePoint
Dale Murray Omega Logic
Damien Kimmelman Duedil
Daniela Cecilio ASAP54
Dave Buttress Just Eat
Debbie Wosskow LoveHomeSwap
Demetrios Zoppos Onefinestay
Ed Bussey Quill Content
Efe Cakarel MUBI
Eileen Burbidge Passion Capital
Emily Brooke Blaze
Emma Sinclair Enterprise Jungle
Eric Van Der Klej Level39
Graham Bosher Tails.com
Graham Cooke Qubit
Henry Freeman Crowdshed
Hermann Hauser Amadeus
Holly Tucker Notonthehighstreet
Husayn Kassai Onfido
Ian Whitting Titania
Jack Tang Urban Massage
Jamie True WorkAngel
Joanna Shields TechCity
Jonathan Gan Whichit
Jos White Notion Capital
Jose Marin IG Expansion
Jose Neves Farfetch
Joshua March Conversocial
Judith Clegg Takeout
Kate Unsworth Kovert Designs
Kathryn Parsons Decoded
Lisa Rodwell Wool and the Gang
Lopo Champalimaud Wahanda
Luke Taylor DigitasLBi
Luke Johnson Risk Capital
Marc Worth Stylus
Mark Sebba Net-a-porter
Martin Varsavsky FON
Matthew Riley Daisy Group
Michael Camilleri-Ferrante Bizzby
Michael Comish Blinkbox
Michael Acton Smith Mind Candy
Michael Ross eCommera
Morten Lund pitchXO
Nicholas Russell Werepopup
Nick Halstead DataSift
Nick D’Aloisio Summly
Nick Hungerford Nutmeg
Ning Li Made.com
Peter Ward WAYN
Peter Williams Jack Wills
Rajeeb Dey Enternships.com
Ralph Simon Mobilium
Rhydian Lewis Ratesetter
Richard Moross Moo
Rishi Chowdhury Incubus
Roland Lamb Roli
Ron Zeghibe Hailo
Ross Bailey AppearHere
Rytis Vitkauskas YPlan
Sam Amrani Crowdit
Shane Lake Hungryhouse
Simon Daniel Moixa Energy Holdings
Sonali De Rycker Accel
Taavet Hinrikus Transferwise
Tim Steiner Ocado
Tom Griffin Ripjar