Research indicates entrepreneurship policy not working

23 10 2007

The emerging conclusions from an investigation by ESCP-EAP European School of Management into the state of enterprise in the UK, commissioned by the Conservative Party, have recently been published. In Enterprising Britain: Building the enterprise capital of the world the indications are that, despite a decade of policy initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, the UK is still not fulfilling its potential.

This ties in with research published in August by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The Enterprise and Public Policy: A Review of Labour Government Intervention in the United Kingdom, Robert Huggins and Nicholas Williams of the University’s Management School concluded that ten years of Labour Government have failed to deliver a better environment for entrepreneurs.  However, the authors praised the Government’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship through the school system, which they said could have a positive long-term effect on the economy. They also called for support for entrepreneurs to be more focused on highly productive, knowledge-based companies and a long-term commitment to lower taxes.

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