Claire West

Leading entrepreneur and businesswoman, Michelle Mone OBE, is heading up an independent review on how to encourage more start-ups and entrepreneurs in less advantaged communities, especially areas that have low employment figures.

The UK boasts the highest rank in Europe as a place to start a business, and is one of the best places for it internationally. As part of the government’s long-term economic plan, more than 60,000 new businesses have been set up through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme since 2010.

Michelle Mone OBE said:

It is an honour to be appointed to lead this review because I know how tough it can be setting up your own business. I am passionate about doing everything I can, to help create a climate in which people of all ages and backgrounds can succeed in setting up successful businesses.

My philosophy is that it does not matter where you are from, what education you have, or if you are from an affluent background or not, you can make it if you work hard, set your goals and never give up. I’ll be traveling across the UK from John O’Groats to Land’s End to talk to and listen to people and groups from all backgrounds. I want to learn about the barriers they are facing and what changes are needed.

A truly modern and successful economy needs to be able to unleash the entrepreneurial energy of skills of everyone in society. It cannot tolerate a situation where people are held back from achieving dreams of working for themselves and creating jobs for others, simply because of where they are from, because they have had a really tough time growing up, or because they are a lone parent.