Seaside towns: the outsiders at the end of the line

A leading think tank, for which I’m the proud Deputy Chairman, recently produced a report on seaside towns, and how best to revive them. Indeed, many of Britain’s seaside towns are pockets of deprivation with high unemployment and low growth: long on social ills, short on employable skills. What, and who, can reverse such a depressing trajectory? Given that the …

OMG! I think I’m a female entrepreneur

The Centre for Entrepreneurs (of which I am deputy chairman) and Barclays Bank recently launched a report on female entrepreneurs. Called “Shattering Stereotypes”, the aim was to use surveys and empirical data to undermine our perceived ideas (and even prejudices) regarding women as owners of start-up companies. This it did admirably – noting that women entrepreneurs were on average younger …

The Apprentice knows nothing about entrepreneurs – five mistakes that prove it

Do we really have to go through this again? This time last year the Centre for Entrepreneurs (of which I am deputy chairman) produced a survey slating TV programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice for their poor portrayal of entrepreneurs. In summary, the survey (among entrepreneurs) concluded that the programmes were more interested in good television than in …