Entrepreneurs Manifesto Debate will let you Have Your Say

Entrepreneurs Manifesto Debate will let you Have Your Say

Small business owners have been called on to make their voices heard at a debate into former Dragons’ Den investor Doug Richard’s Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto on 22 April.

At the Question Time-style Have Your Say event, a panel of business experts will discuss the Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto launched by founder of the School for Startups Doug Richard in January this year.

The main proposals in the manifesto included scrapping Business Link’s offline support to make cost savings, simplifying regulation to encourage more people to set up businesses, setting a minimum procurement quota for government contracts to be given to small firms, and bringing high-speed broadband to every home and business in the UK.

Richard will be joined on the panel by other business leaders, including Marketing Donut managing director Rory MccGwire, Seven Hills PR agency co-founder Michael Hayman, Crimson Publishing chairman David Lester, BusinessZone editor Dan Martin and j4b deputy managing director Andrew Diggle.

Entrepreneurs can vote on key business issues ahead of the debate at the Judgement Day Poll ― the results will be discussed at the event. On the day, the panellists will take questions from the floor, but entrepreneurs will also be able to ask questions via a live Twitter feed.

“Entrepreneurs are a major group in society and small firms account for more than 95 per cent of all businesses in the UK, but because there is no Entrepreneurs’ Union or other collective voice, they are one of the last groups to be referenced during election campaigns,” said Richard.

“Following the launch of the Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto, we decided to create an outlet for firms to discuss some of the critical issues, which include superfast broadband, regulation and the National Insurance rises,” he added. “The event will be led by a group of leaders who have a representative following of entrepreneurs.”

The event will take place at the Royal Institution in London. Tickets cost £15.

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