Westminster Business Forum

Supporting new businesses to start and scale-up in the UK

Morning, Wednesday, 9th October 2019

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will examine the priorities for policy if the Government is to achieve its aim - set out in the Industrial Strategy - of making ‘the UK the best place to start and grow a business’.


A major focus for the morning is what more needs to be done to encourage potential entrepreneurs to start a business in the UK.


Policymakers and stakeholders will also discuss what more entrepreneurs need from government to help build an environment where small businesses can thrive - including issues relating to access to finance, IP registration, taxation, and business support such as Growth Hubs.


This Westminster Business Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; DCMS; DIT; IPO; Welsh European Funding Office and the Welsh Government.


The agenda and keynote speakers


  • Priorities for policymakers to support small business - with Emma Jones, Co-Chair, Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale Ups and Entrepreneurs Council;
  • Tapping into the unrealised potential of female entrepreneurs - with Alison Rose, Lead, The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship;
  • Financial support for start-ups and scale-ups - with Alice Hu Wagner, Managing Director, Strategy, Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank; and
  • Fostering an enterprise culture in the next generation - with Stuart Thomason, Chief Executive, Business Launchpad & Kevin Sutton, Head of Operations, The Prince’s Trust.

Panel sessions to include


  • Encouraging future entrepreneurs - the role of enterprise education, mentors and the appeal of social enterprise;
  • Supporting entrepreneurs to overcome challenges of starting and scaling-up a business - IP, finance and networks.

The conference follows government announcements including:



Sessions will examine the recommendations of the Rose Review which called for the finance industry to improve transparency around investment decisions and pledge to better support female-led start-ups as well as introducing new products which aid entrepreneurs with caring responsibilities.


Delegates will discuss Government’s formal response and how it aims to achieve its target of increasing the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030.


Supporting young entrepreneurs and the role of enterprise education


With the Stace Review on barriers preventing young people from starting up a business due to report in summer, the conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the Review’s recommendations - in particular how to improve support for prospective entrepreneurs from low-income and other disadvantaged backgrounds.


Kevin Sutton, Head of Operations, The Princes Trust will be speaking at the seminar.


Delegates will also examine the state of enterprise education in schools and colleges - in light of the Rose Review’s call for the business community to increase the resources available to education providers to teach about starting a business - and how the role that universities play as incubators for student and graduate entrepreneurs might be expanded.


Local-level support


The practical steps that LEPs, careers guidance providers, local authorities and other bodies can take to provide support and mentoring for start-ups will also be discussed, in light of the roll-out of LEP-led Growth Hubs and the Rose Review’s call to expand existing networking platforms to improve the reach and impact of mentoring nationwide.


Social enterprise - changing perceptions of entrepreneurship


We expect discussion on the growth of the social enterprise movement and its impact on engaging a wider pool of prospective entrepreneurs than are currently attracted by traditional business models  - as well as how awareness of social enterprise as an option can be grown.


Access to finance


Further sessions will address the challenge of improving access to finance both for start-ups and scale-ups, including the impact so far of start-up loans and the British Business Bank’s funds for scale-ups as well as the wider current landscape for start-up finance such as accelerator schemes, business angels and crowd-funding. What more can be done to increase early stage finance will be central to discussion as well the support entrepreneurs need to enable them to choose the right type of investor, make sure they have the right amount of finance at the right time and know what investors are looking for in a start-up business.


Supporting start-ups and their path to scaling-up


The conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss how policymakers and the business community can address wider issues affecting start-ups and scale-ups in the UK including:


  • issues relating to access to property;
  • taxation, IP and other legal compliance considerations;
  • becoming an employer; and
  • identifying and addressing the most high risk points for businesses seeking to scale-up.


Keynote Speakers

Alice Hu Wagner

Managing Director, Strategy, Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank

Emma Jones

Founder, Enterprise Nation and Co-Chair, Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale Ups and Entrepreneurs Council

Kelly Tolhurst MP

Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, House of Commons

Keynote Speakers

Stuart Thomason

Chief Executive, Business Launchpad

Emma Jones

Founder, Enterprise Nation and Co-Chair, Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale Ups and Entrepreneurs Council

Kelly Tolhurst MP

Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, House of Commons

Alice Hu Wagner

Managing Director, Strategy, Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank

Chairs

Lord Bilimoria

Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship

Rachel MacLean MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship

Speakers

Alastair Wilson

CEO, The School for Social Entrepreneurs

Ruth Rowe

Entrepreneurship Manager, Bridgend College

Kevin Sutton

Head of Operations, The Prince's Trust

Dr Harveen Chugh

Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Business School, Imperial College London

Kath Senior

Director, EcoStardust

Gary Stewart

Director, Wayra

Mark Melford

Co-founder and Director, Captive Media

Eitan Jankelewitz

Partner, Sheridans

Julie Baker

Head of Enterprise & Community Finance, NatWest

Colin Bell

Business Growth Director, North East LEP

Juliet Rogan

Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs, Barclays

Dr Rob Dekkers

Reader in Industrial Management, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow