Michelle Mone OBE to carry out independent entrepreneurship review

Government has appointed the lingerie mogul to look at ways of encouraging start-ups in Britain's disadvantaged areas

Ultimo founder Michelle Mone OBE has been appointed to conduct a nationwide independent review on ways the government can support the growth of start-ups in disadvantaged communities and areas of high unemployment.

Tasked by the Department for Work and Pensions, Mone will be identifying the barriers which people in deprived areas of the UK face when wanting to start a business-such as mentoring, role models, and a lack of networks.

The entrepreneur will be travelling across Britain and plans to “talk to and listen to people and groups from all backgrounds” including ex-offenders, young and disabled people, and benefits claimants.

She will then report her findings and recommendations next year to business secretary Sajid Javid and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Mone commented: “A truly modern and successful economy needs to be able to unleash the entrepreneurial energy of skills of everyone in society.

“My philosophy is that it does not matter where you are from, what education you have, or if you are from an affluent background or not, you can make it if you work hard, set your goals and never give up.

“I cannot tolerate a situation where people are held back from achieving dreams of working for themselves and creating jobs for others, simply because of where they are from, or because they have had a really tough time growing up, or because they are a lone parent.”

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