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Tech & entrepreneurship

The IoD has long been the home of entrepreneurship in the UK, and start-up founders still represent the fastest growing group within the IoD’s membership. Making sure we have the right policies in place to help these businesses to start and grow has never been more important.

The UK consistently outstrips international competitors as a top destination for company founders and tech companies. Bolstered by a deep pool of finance, a relatively light touch regulatory environment and a strong skills base, the number of start-ups and tech firms putting down roots in the UK has grown significantly every year since the financial crisis. However, there is still more to be done.

The next few years will see the policy challenge shift ever more towards how we can take the UK from a start-up economy to a full blown scale up powerhouse. At the same time, questions around the pace of technological change are already dominating the political debate, and business must ensure it has the right answers.

The IoD has long been a key player within these debates, and will be at the forefront of taking the start-up voice into Government over the coming years.

Starting and scaling a business


With rapid technological change presenting entrepreneurs with both exciting opportunities and difficult challenges, the Government needs to make sure that the right safeguards are in place to help businesses start, grow, and thrive in the uncertain years to come.

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The age of older entrepreneur


As the joint trends of increasing life-expectancy and diminishing pension savings continue to put pressure on traditional retirement models, the explosion of cheap and flexible options for self-employment could be an important development for those looking to supplement their existing savings.

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Opening the equity economy


This report will outline how Britain can capitalise on two vital but underutilised government initiatives, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and its younger sibling, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), to unlock a wave of new investors, build up equity finance in the UK and cement its position as one of the best places in the world to start, set-up, run and invest in a business.

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