The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that it will be recruiting two entrepreneurs into advisory roles in government, in an effort to build links between the department and small and start-up business.
BIS is set to hire an entrepreneur with vast experience with early stage businesses and a first-time business owner, each to take on permanent positions in government, where they will be expected to assist officials in BIS and across Whitehall with matters relating to small businesses and start-ups.
The plans are announced in conjunction with today’s launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week; the campaign hosted in 10 countries by Youth Business International (YBI), including the UK, is set to inspire start-ups and individuals across 115 countries, with 3,000 events planned for the UK alone.
For those unable to attend the events, YBI has launched an ‘armchair guide’ to enable participants to stay involved with virtual events, webinars and twitter conversations.
BIS has also announced today that Warwick and Aston Business Schools are set to host a new £2.9m enterprise research centre.
Launching in collaboration with BIS, the Technology Strategy Board, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the centre will focus on researching the factors affecting business growth.
According to new research from YBI, entrepreneurial optimism is on the rise, with almost 50% predicting improvements in the enterprise environment and 74% predicting a future increase in the number of start-ups.
Business and enterprise minister Michael Fallon is confident that recruiting entrepreneurs in residence will continue to boost entrepreneurial Britain and enable the government to make expert-informed decisions on small businesses and start-ups in the future.
He said: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is about celebrating our job creators. It provides a platform to promote enterprise and showcases the fantastic opportunities for entrepreneurs that exist in the UK.
“Recruiting two entrepreneurs in residence will provide a vital link between government and business. It will help to change the culture across Whitehall so that we really do think small first. So many decisions that are made in government affect entrepreneurs and we need to better involve them in that process.”