The elite should beware – a white van and laptop rebellion is underway

A version of this article recently appeared on the International Business Times website. Those running small businesses usually side with the elite. Increasingly, they’re doing the opposite By Robert Kelsey As a co-founder of the Centre of Entrepreneurs think-tank I’ve become a missionary for UK entrepreneurship. We believe the surge in small-business creation and self-employment since 2008 saved Britain from a …

The bitter Sugar-coated pill that Labour must swallow

So Lord (Alan) Sugar has quit the Labour Party – appalled, apparently, with Ed Miliband’s anti-business rhetoric and general agnosticism towards wealth creation and the private sector. Hardly big news, I guess: some questioned his affinity in the first place while others wondered whether it was, in part, the inequities of the UK’s honours system that led him to embrace Labour. Certainly, the …

A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

Am I the only one thinking this a God-awful election campaign? With the polls on a knife-edge it’s become more like an Arsenal Vs Chelsea fixture – with the focus being, not on winning, but on not making mistakes, avoiding the loss. The two main parties are supposed to be travelling the country on their election buses, but appear – …

The Apprentice: James a dickhead? Yes, but that doesn’t make Roisin an entrepreneur

I’ve been a bit stressed lately (it’s that time of year), which may explain why my wife and I had a mild disagreement over the outcome of The Apprentice on Wednesday night. In short – when it came to James Hill’s firing – I thought I spotted professional bullying. Meanwhile, my wife thought I was defending ”a bit of a dickhead”. Of course, I …

Shoemakers, wool-traders and Thatcher’s legacy of creative destruction

My great-grandfather John was a shoemaker in Hackney, East London – in fact one of several generations to ply such a trade. Yet his local business was wiped out in the early years of the 20th century as the mass-production of shoes – centralized around Northampton – rendered the family trade uncompetitive. With his skills redundant, John drifted downwards – …