Event Info

Thu 22 Apr, 2010 from 12:00pm - 2:30pm
The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS, UK (Map)
Cost: £15 + VAT


On the 22nd April, a panel of business experts will be discussing the eight key demands to post-election government that Doug Richard puts forward in his “Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto and Declaration of Rights”. The debate will be chaired by Michael Hayman, Co-founder of PR agency Seven Hills, and also recently appointed as a Regional Chairman to Coutts responsible for entrepreneurs. As a member of the audience you can “Have Your Say” by taking part in the Q&A; sessions and by posing your questions and comments to Doug and our expert business panellists via a live interactive chat feed.

Who’s on the panel?Doug Richard – Original BBC2 Dragon & Founder of School for StartupsDavid Lester – Founder & Chairman at Crimson PublishingDan Martin – Editor at Sift Media / BusinessZone.co.ukAndrew Diggle – Director at j4b plcRory MccGwire – Founder & MD at MarketingDonut.co.ukSháá Wasmund – Founder and CEO at SmartaJasmine Birtles – Owner at Moneymagpie Ltd.Nick James – Founder at Fresh Business ThinkingStuart Rock – Editorial Director & Co-founder at Caspian Publishing / Real Business
Janice Pittis – Director at VentureNavigatorWhat Will We Be Debating?The 8 Key Discussion Topics From Doug’s Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto to be debated by our panellists:Scrap Business Link to provide savings and migrate government business support services online to promote efficiency. Measure achievement by number businesses started and sustained by the programme.Simplify regulation to encourage people to start businesses by cutting red tape and easing obligations.New structures to empower individuals, such as friends and family, to invest in small businesses.Skills development focus by supporting small businesses to train employees. Business owners to be paid a subsidy for passing on marketable skills.Mandate government to procure from small UK businesses through a minimum quota.Broaden the scope for social entrepreneurs by creating new legal frameworks while increasing scope for outside investment and maintaining the benefits that accrue to CICs and other CLGs.Introduce fast broadband to every home and business in the UK.Nationwide programme of entrepreneurship teaching and mentoring.Who should attend?Anybody with a genuine interest in the future of enterprise in the UKOwners & managers of businessesTake the Poll!The Judgement Day Poll. You are guilty if you are silent.It’s Judgement Day 2010! It is time to tell the Politicos how they’ve been doing. Time to let them know whether or not they’ve made the grade. Doug Richard’s School for Startups Judgement Day Poll gives you the chance to sum up how you think the government has been doing in its support for the entrepreneurs and small businesses that employ most of the economy and generate most of the products and services we use every day. Take the poll. If you work to support new and growing businesses in the UK, please encourage those you work with to weigh in on our non-partisan survey. It is time to make government support, or lack thereof, national news. Whether people love current business support programs or hate them, whether they think Labour or Conservatives do a better job of supporting them, it is time for them to be heard. It is time for them to pick champions to carry us out of this recession and into a new era of UK global business leadership and domestic prosperity. Doug Richard launched the poll on Sky News on April 9th. Doug and Jeff Randall discussed business in the 21st Century, and the engine of prosperity entrepreneurs and small businesses bring to the economy. We’ll be discussing the survey, and releasing the result at The Royal Institution of Great Britain on April 22 during a Great Debate on how to best help business in the UK. To take the poll – click on the link under “Event Information” below.

Ticket InformationOnline bookings policy – We only accept online bookings with a credit or debit card. Unfortunately we do not issue invoices for future payment or allow attendees to pay on the day. Anyone who has not paid for their ticket in full before the event will not be granted access.Refunds and changes to ticket details policy – Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds or change the name on the booking once tickets have been booked.Event InformationRegistrations starts 12:00hrsEvent starts at 13:00hrsEvent ends 14:30hrsRead Doug’s Entrepreneurs’ Manifesto hereTake the “Judgement Day Poll“In conjunction with The Royal InstitutionTravel InformationThe nearest tube stations to the Royal Institution are Green Park and Picadilly Circus.For more information see our full Terms and Conditions


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