Business leaders force government U-turn on Amber Rudd’s “name and shame list”

Open letter received backing from TechHub CEO Elizabeth Varley, Entrepreneur First's Matt Clifford and Cobra Beers founder Lord Bilimoria

A petition calling on businesses to boycott Amber Rudd’s foreign workers register has now received more than 500 signatures, causing the government to start back-tracking on the controversial proposal.

In an open letter to The Telegraph, some of the UK’s most high-profile business leaders branded the register, which would require UK firms to publish lists of foreign-born employees, as “anti-business and dangerously naïve”, while The Memo described it as “disgraceful, divisive and bad for British business”.

After a tide of criticism from the public, the media and many high-profile politicians, the government has announced that the data collected will no longer be made public and will instead be used to inform internal policymaking.

Big names from Britain’s enterprise space that have joined the campaign include former Startups Awards judges TechHub CEO Elizabeth Varley and The Supper Club founder Duncan Cheatle, Young Guns Antony Lau and Matt Clifford.

Red or Dead co-founder Wayne Hemingway MBE, Cobra Beers founder Lord Bilimoria, Splittable co-founder Nicholas Katz and co-founder of Startups Awards nominated Grub Club Olivia Sibony are other notable signatories of the petition.

The letter to the Telegraph went on to say that Rudd’s plans would “hurt the economy, hurt workers’ right and hurt Britain’s standing as a tolerant and country open for business”, praising foreign workers’ “varied skills and perspectives”.

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