Sajid Javid launches initiative to give business owners a voice in Parliament

New All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurs has promised to 'bridge gap between entrepreneurs and politicians'...

Business secretary Sajid Javid has this morning launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship – a group intended to give business owners a voice in the Houses of Parliament with a focus on four policy areas.

Targeted at ‘bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and politicians’ by involving business owners in the policy making process, the APPG will prioritise enterprise education, exporting, tax reforms, and will focus on female founders and “why women-led businesses aren’t reaching the same economic scale as male-led companies”.

The APPG will also work to inform business owners of any changes made to policy and how these changes might impact their businesses.

Javid commented: “I want to make Britain the best place to start and grow a business by backing entrepreneurs to drive forward our economy. In an environment that encourages innovation and ideas, this government is championing ambition and creating jobs.

“I’m proud today to be launching the APPG for Entrepreneurship, which will make sure the voice of entrepreneurs is heard loud and clear in Parliament.”

Philip Salter, founder of the Entrepreneurs Network, will be heading up the APPG as secretariat. Salter added:

“Successive governments have become increasingly supportive of British entrepreneurs, but it’s time for politicians across the Houses of Parliament to get stuck into the policies that will make a real and lasting difference. We believe key reforms in these four policy areas will go a long way towards cementing Britain’s position as a internationally competitive centre for entrepreneurship.”

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