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.

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.

Freedom Week 2014


From the 14th – 18th July we will be taking 35 of the brightest undergraduates for a free, intensive week-long Seminar at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge.

In a joint project with the IEA, students will attend lectures given in free market economics, classical liberalism and individual liberty from leading academics and researchers in their field. This year’s speakers include Dr Madsen Pirie, Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch, Anthony Evans of ESCP Europe Business School, Craig Smith from the University of Glasgow, filmaker Martin Durkin, Mark Pennington, Emily Skarbek, David Skarbek and Adam Martin of KCL, and Chris Snowdon, Steve Davies and Mark Littlewood of the IEA.