By Michael Hayman, Co-Founder of the public relations firm, Seven Hills and Regional Chairman for Entrepreneurs at Coutts & Co
I need the keys to Ten Downing Street for just a minute so that I can leave a new message for a new government on the top of the in-tray.
The message is that we need to change and change means returning to the habit of backing winners.
Sometimes small changes make massive differences argued author Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point. The trick is to identify the change makers and then back them by ensuring that all that can be done is done to smooth their path.
I want to impress upon our politicians that entrepreneurs are the change makers who have the potential to create wealth and that their success is the tipping point by which many other things become possible.
This requires urgency and determination and I would ask them to make this decade the entrepreneurs decade, a decade that renews our nation through enterprise and commercial endeavour.
One thing is for sure and that is that the next ten years will not be for the faint hearted. An eye wateringly large budget deficit; a global economy whose power has headed east; and a nation that is fighting to restore relevance in a world that has decisively changed; this is just some of the inheritance of recession.
So, what is left after the firestorm of the global crisis? Is it a mere platitude to state that, as with any fire in nature, as something is destroyed the potential for something new is created?
I think not and I believe that it is with entrepreneurs that the best chance of something new rests.
I believe that it is time for the optimists to take centre stage again because there is a great national story to tell about triumphing over adversity and what better cause to champion than that of entrepreneurs.
It is easy to play the part of the pessimist, pretty straight forward to rip something to bits but tougher to build something up. It’s why the optimists have had such tough going even to get a hearing in the recent gloom.
The narrative has to change if the UK is to get motoring again. We need to start to believe that Spring offers not just the chance for the cold end of economic winter but the warm start of entrepreneurial renewal.
In all of the noise of electioneering there is also the quiet opportunity for a re-think and I hope that our politicians think anew about the role of entrepreneurs as the express route to recovery.
In practical terms it means that government must support the notion that without wealth creation all else fails. This is why fostering an entrepreneurial environment must be about deeds and not words.
So, whoever gets the keys to Number Ten needs to deliver an unparalleled commitment to action to encourage start ups, back winning enterprises and create and champion the role of entrepreneurs as the pathfinders to economic recovery.
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