The Entrepreneurs Network – Lord Flight

The Wonders of EIS Investing, Lord Flight – Chairman, EIS Association

These regular evening networking events are:
  • a forum for entrepreneurs to engage with key politicians and policymakers;
  • a platform for politicians and policymakers to inform entrepreneurs about what they are doing to help entrepreneurs;
  • an opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and experts on an informal basis.

Howard Flight

Howard Flight was appointed to the House of Lords by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the end of 2010. He was the Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs from 1997 to 2005, during which time he served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the support Shadow Minister to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He led the Conservative Opposition during the Committee stages of 4 Finance Acts and the Financial Services and Markets Act.

Now, in the House of Lords, he is part of the Conservative working Peers teams covering Europe, Treasury Affairs and Pensions and focuses on British Indian relations. He is a member of the Lords European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Committee.

Howard has also worked for 40 years in the Financial Services industry, starting his career at Rothschilds as an Investment adviser. He was co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Guinness Flight, formed in 1986 and acquired by Investec Asset Management in 1998, of which Howard remains a Director.

Currently, in addition to being Chairman of the EIS Association, Howard is Chairman of CIM Investment Management, Director of Investec Asset Management, Non-Executive Director of Metro Bank, the new UK retail bank; chairman of 4 Investment Funds and a Commissioner (Board Member) of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

The Entrepreneurs Network

The Entrepreneurs Network is a cross-party think tank designed to bring entrepreneurs to the forefront of political discourse and help make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

The Entrepreneurs Network is based within the Adam Smith Institute and is supported by Octopus Investments, one of the UK’s fastest growing fund management companies specialising in smaller company investing.

October TNG

For October’s TNG we will be joined by one of the foremost political campaigners of the right, Matthew Elliot. Matthew is founder of the TaxPayer’s Alliance and Big Brother Watch, was the Campaign Director for No to AV, and is Chief Executive for Business for Britain.

View the TNG Facebook invitation here

Lunchtime Lecture with Yaron Brook

Please note: This event is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email

Capitalism Without Guilt: The Moral Case for Freedom

Capitalism has an undisputed record of wealth generation, yet it has always functioned under a cloud of moral suspicion. In a culture that venerates Mother Teresa as a paragon of virtue, businessmen sit in stoic silence while their pursuit of profits is denounced as selfish greed.

Society tells businessmen to sacrifice, to serve others, to “give back”—counting on their acceptance of self-interest as a moral crime, with chronic guilt its penance. Is it any wonder that productive giants from John D. Rockefeller to Bill Gates have behaved as if profit-making leaves a moral stain that only tireless philanthropy can launder but never fully remove?  It is time the world heard the moral case for laissez-faire capitalism.

Dr. Yaron Brook is Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and co-author of the US Bestseller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. Born and raised in Israel he served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and holds a BSc in civil engineering, as well as an MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.


The Adam Smith Institute’s Ayn Rand Lecture

This year’s annual Ayn Rand Lecture will be given by David Sokol on November 3rd 2014.

Further details are to follow.

Please note that the guest list for this event is not yet open.

Patron’s Dinner with Lord Lamont

Lord Lamont served under the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major and was Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1990 and 1993. He was made a life peer in 1998.

Patron’s Dinners are intimate events exclusive to Adam Smith Institute subscribers, and attendance at one is by invitation only. To find out more about supporting the Institute and our vital work click here.