Posts Categorized: UK Entrepreneurship

Eight founders on The Founder

With the blockbuster film “The Founder” just hitting the cinemas, Philip Salter asked eight entrepreneurs what they thought about Michael Keaton portraying perhaps one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time: Ray Croc, the ‘founder’ of MacDonald’s. To an ordinary audience, Ray Croc might have come off as relentless and greedy, but entrepreneurs are… Read more »

Local councils fail to support business growth

A report by the Business Census 2017 showed that most businesses feel local council support is getting worse, with 7 out of 10 of businesses feeling let down. The areas that were most unhappy were the East of England and Northern Ireland, whereas London and Scotland were most content with support. Philip Salter, founder of The Entrepreneurs… Read more »

Local government business support has dwindled

The support that local governments give to businesses has weakened this past year, according to a survey by Business Census 2017 Report, with now 70% of businesses unhappy with the help. The survey also found that increasingly businesses are concerned about the global state of politics, although the majority surveyed have not been affected by Brexit so… Read more »

How the landlords aren’t moving fast enough

The latest Proptech roundtable on the transformation of the property market stressed the importance of landlords keeping up with increasingly fast-moving tech companies. Co-working could be one solution, but the roundtable also showed that it’s not just the landlords that are holding businesses back. Internet connectivity, insurance problems and exorbitant taxes on property development all were raised. Overall, businesses need to… Read more »

The Autumn Statement – three entrepreneurs react

As the new chancellor has just released his first Autumn Statement, Philip Salter interviews three entrepreneurs to see how they think it will impact small businesses, freelancers and the self-employed. Overall, although the chancellor’s commitment to honour the drop in corporation tax will be welcomed by many, there are still concerns that particularly small companies will be vulnerable… Read more »

Barclays report shines the spotlight on British start-ups

A new Barclays report has showed that the UK had a better environment for growth in the months leading up to the referendum than at any other time since 2011, due to access to finance, improved regulation and increased research and innovation. However, as Annabel Denham writes in Huffpost Politics, the environment for British entrepreneurship is… Read more »

£400m venture capital boost will help, but we need to support growing firms even more

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn statement his plan to pump £400m of venture capital funds into the British Business Bank, unlocking £1bn of new finance for growing firms. Philip Salter responded in an article for Real Business: Philip Salter, director of The Entrepreneurs Network, said: “£400m into venture capital funds through the British Business… Read more »

Small Business Taskforce have no easy task

The Telegraph has reported on the creation of the Small Business Taskforce – a group of organisations, including The Entrepreneurs Network, who have come together to champion SMEs in the UK. The Taskforce is key to protecting British businesses as it offers ministers a “sounding board” so they may understand how new regulations will effect businesses before they come into place. The… Read more »

Immigrants are one of our greatest strengths – and the government needs to recognise that

Many people can’t help but feel that the new government has somewhat turned its back on immigrants and entrepreneurs. Although Home Secretary Amber Rudd quickly backtracked on her plans to force firms to disclose their number of foreign workers, business-owners and workers alike remain concerned about the future of British enterprise. This is why Philip Salter caught up… Read more »

Fighting to make enterprise a priority again

The Economist’s article included The Entrepreneur’s Network as a key group campaigning for a business-friendly Britain. There are fears that the UK has become less attractive to entrepreneurs following the Brexit vote, with the number of new business registrations slowing down as of June. However, the article suggests that policies such as cutting corporation tax, handing out city visas… Read more »