Mr Johnson says: "Entrepreneurs are at the heart of our economy. Their willingness to risk their own capital in pursuit of new products and services is the reason the UK has such a strong track record of entrepreneurial achievement.
"Countless home-grown brands such as Dyson, Virgin, Rolls Royce and Carphone Warehouse all started because someone took a risk. Large and small, entrepreneurial businesses have createdms of jobs in the UK."
Alan McCormick, director of the Legatum Institute which is co-founder of the Centre adds: "What the UK needs today is a new generation of entrepreneurs to build on our entrepreneurial heritage and grow businesses that create further growth and employment.
"But the needs of entrepreneurs and the contribution they make to our society have been largely forgotten in discussions about how to accelerate Britain’s economic future. That’s why we’re launching the Centre for Entrepreneurs."
"Entrepreneurship drives sustainable economic growth," says Luke Johnson. "And it represents a basket of positive values including thrift, honesty, determination, resilience, collaboration, appreciation of risk, and the reward of endeavour.
"Yet government, the media and big business – despite all claiming to support entrepreneurs – can undermine entrepreneurship through unhelpful legislation, image stereo-typing and monopolistic behaviour.
"We believe this is partly due to under-representation of entrepreneurs in the public eye, which the Centre aims to address. Our goals are to both defend entrepreneurs from such attacks, and to positively promote entrepreneurship to government, media, the private sector, including big businesses, and the general public."
The Centre will focus on four core areas:
Located in Central London, the Centre for Entrepreneurs is a non-profit joint venture between think tank, The Legatum Institute and entrepreneur Luke Johnson.
It is supported by a prominent advisory group including angel investor Dale Murray, Betfair founder Ed Wray, head of Startup Britain, Emma Jones, former Number 10 advisor Rohan Silva and lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman.
The Centre has no political affiliation and aims to encourage participation from all the main parties, as well as lobby groups and other think tanks.
Matt Smith, former policy director of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, is the Director of the Centre.
The Centre will launch at an event on Thursday at Rocket, in the City of London. For more information contact: Matt Smith, Director, The Centre for Entrepreneurs
T: 07551170102 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
…and new books exposes how to join the ‘revolution’
A new book, Planet Entrepreneur, published to coincide with the upcoming World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore, has highlighted the need for entrepreneurs to work with policy makers and world leaders to create a ‘New Humanism’.
From energy to education, social needs to social media, a new generation of global entrepreneurs have the opportunity to fundamentally change the planet for the better.
Whether it is climate change, pollution, poverty, economic stagnation, or underemployment - the world needs innovative, workable solutions more than ever.
Through real-life examples, Planet Entrepreneur explains where the entrepreneurial revolution is headed and explains how anyone can become more entrepreneurial.
Written by members of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, the first global think tank fully dedicated to entrepreneurship, each chapter focuses on different aspects of the challenges and opportunities currently being encountered and solved by entrepreneurs, including:
The cutting-edge ideas and real-world skills that today's best entrepreneurs use most often
Planet Entrepreneur also outlines how entrepreneurial ‘eco-systems’ can be developed by young and old to provide sustainable growth to benefit the whole planet. From Detroit to Delhi, the teenage tech-whizz and rebel retiree can be part of an entrepreneurial eco-system that helps to provide wealth and social-justice for all.
Planet Entrepreneur explains how the world's best entrepreneurs are making a profit or meeting a pressing social need, and how you can too. Today's problems are too urgent and the implications for our future too dire to ignore.
For more information go to www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com/NEXTBIGTHING
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