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Embargoed until 00:01 on Monday 28 March 2011 - Government pledges support for every school to run its own business
The Government has today announced that it will support every school to develop and run its own business through the Enterprise Champions Programme.
This is part of a package of four new announcements to help
inspire, support and grow new businesses in the UK. These
announcements come alongside the launch of Start-Up Britain, the
ground-breaking response from the private
sector to the Government’s call for an ‘enterprise-led’ recovery.
The Government is today announcing:
- support for every school to run its own business through the Enterprise Champions Programme;
- a major roll-out of Tenner Tycoon, the successful competition owned and run by the Peter Jones Foundation which gives young people the opportunity to take forward their business ideas;
- the creation of enterprise societies in every University and most Further Education Colleges to develop students with the ambition and skills for enterprise; and
- a new online tool, the Innovation Launch Pad, enabling small businesses to pitch their ideas on how they could deliver better value for money for Government;
- the launch of Brighton Fuse, a joint initiative by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) to expand the creative, digital and IT sector in Brighton and Hove and provide business opportunities for graduates.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"We want to transform the ambition and aspiration of young people through real business experience. To rebuild our economy and create new jobs, we need to inspire the next generation to seriously think about starting their own
"Through Tenner Tycoon, the Enterprise Champions Programme and enterprise societies, we will be giving young people insight into enterprise at an early age, showing them how rewarding it can be to transform your own ideas into a real business."
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:
"We need to inspire young people to strike out on their own, and also give them the practical tools to help. It is vital that everyone has the opportunity to develop their ideas and learn the skills needed to succeed in business.
"Enterprise societies will be run as businesses, engaging with entrepreneurs and delivering the knowledge, networks and skills that students need to start and manage a business. We need more growing companies in this country and the Government is doing everything it can to harness the great enterprising spirit of our nation."
Peter Jones CBE, founder and Chairman of the Peter Jones Foundation said:
"I welcome the Government’s commitment to increase its focus on enterprise in schools. Through my Foundation and Enterprise Academy, I want to help rewire the entrepreneurial potential of our country. The strength of business-
led initiatives like Tenner Tycoon is that it gives thousands of children across the nation an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship in a very practical way. Over the course of a month, by seeing what they can do to grow a ten
pound note, young people learn essential business skills.
"My Foundation has ambitious plans to grow Tenner Tycoon tenfold from 25,000 in 2011 and this will help create a winning enterprise culture in our schools. We will work with government, business, education and political
audiences who can help realise the superb potential of the scheme and the ambitions of our young people."
The Enterprise Champions Programme will enable schools across the country to set up and manage a business. Schools will be given access to online resource materials and tools which will give practical advice for teachers. The
Government will help schools engage local enterprise champions to support school businesses and extend learning into the commercial environment. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will be working with the
Education and Employers Taskforce to have all elements of the programme up and running by the end this year.
Tenner Tycoon provides young people with a ten pound loan, with the challenge to make as much profit and social impact as possible through enterprising activities over one month. The Government will work with the Peter Jones Foundation to make Tenner Tycoon realise the ambition to reach at least 250,000 young people by 2014.
Enterprise societies in universities and colleges will provide students with the skills and support to develop and manage a business. The Government will aim to deliver enterprise societies into all 89 universities in England and at least 160 Further Education Colleges.
BIS will work with the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurs (NCGE) to provide recommendations by the end of June, with the aspiration to showcase
the first new enterprise societies by November this year.
The Innovation Launch Pad will be launched on 28th March 2011 and will enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to pitch their ideas on how they could deliver better value for money in the delivery of Government's
business. The best ideas will be handpicked by a community of civil servants and, after intensive mentoring from some of Britain's foremost entrepreneurs, those that demonstrate the highest impact will be invited to present their
ideas at a Product Surgery in the summer. In addition, Downing Street will host a reception for those with the best ideas. This will stimulate new open competitions in Government markets in which these suppliers will be able to participate.
Today also sees the launch of Brighton Fuse, a £1 million government funded initiative led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).
A unique consortium has come together to fuel the creative, digital and IT economy in Brighton. The project unites Brighton and Sussex Universities with and Wired Sussex, which represents 2000 creative businesses. It aims
to help the Brighton cluster create more entrepreneurial opportunities for new graduates and help graduate-rich SMEs gain access to the best university research to help build their businesses.
Today’s announcements continue to build upon the significant changes for small businesses that the Government has introduced since May 2010, and upon the further commitments announced in last week’s Budget. These include:
- a further 1 per cent cut in corporation tax from April 2011 to 26 per cent, falling to 23 per cent by 2014;
- 11 Enterprise Zones across England, with simplified planning rules, superfast broadband and tax breaks for businesses, with local areas to bid for a further 10;
- an increase to the rate of SME R&D tax relief to 200 per cent in 2011 and 225 per cent in 2012;
- an increase to the rate of Enterprise Investment Scheme tax relief to 30 per cent from April 2011;
- doubling the lifetime limit on capital gains qualifying for Entrepreneurs’ Relief;
- continuing the Enterprise Finance Guarantee until 2014, providing up to £2 billion in lending;
- introducing the new £37.5 million Enterprise Capital Fund to support small business with highest growth potential; and
a moratorium exempting micro (fewer than ten employees) and start-up businesses from new domestic regulation for three years from 1 April 2011.
Highlights for the year ahead include working with the Peter Jones Foundation on Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011.
Notes to Editors
1. StartUp Britain is a collective of UK entrepreneurs and big businesses, representing the private sector response to the Government’s ambition for an enterprise-led recovery.
Over 60 leading global brands have pledged millions of pounds in support to new entrepreneurs under a major new campaign launched today.
StartUp Britain will be a champion for the UK’s 270,000 businesses that start up every year aiming to help drive growth by accelerating, inspiring and celebrating Britain’s start-up talent.
2. Currently, 25,000 young people take part in the Tenner Tycoon competition each year.
Tenner Tycoon provides a means by which schools (and further education) can deliver an enterprise learning experience with minimum intervention. Participation helps empower young people to develop their enterprise skills, increasing their positive attitude to entrepreneurial activity.
3. For more information about Brighton Fuse, please contact Jake Gilmore at the Arts and Humanities research Council - 01793 41 6021, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah McGregor at the University of Brighton - S.Mcgregor@brighton.ac.uk, 01273 642013.
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