Press Release: Sliding towards a police state in response to extremism is just another form of radicalism

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s new anti-terrorism measures, Communications Manager at the Adam Smith Institute, Kate Andrews, said:

The Prime Minister’s decision to creep towards a police state in response to extremist threats is just another form of radicalism. While Islamic State militants gain power by creating a culture of fear, Britain plans to make citizens fearful of their own justice system by further empowering police to confiscate passports and detain travelers without clear evidence of wrongdoing.

The Prime Minister’s nuanced comments and eagerness to work across party lines should not be taken as a dedication to Britain’s long-standing civil liberties – especially when Labour leaders promote enthusiastically the return of control orders and increased surveillance.

The coalition should tread lightly as it looks to expand the powers of the State to combat radicalism; for it is often the good intentions of governments that lead to the radical stifling of individual freedoms and the erosion of the presumption of innocence.

Notes to editors:

For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Kate Andrews, Communications Manager, at kate@adamsmith.org / 07584 778207.

The Adam Smith Institute is an independent libertarian think tank based in London. It advocates classically liberal public policies to create a richer, freer world.

TEN’s Parliamentary Snapshot is featured in CityAM

TEN’s Parliamentary Snapshot survey is featured in CityAM:

Many MPs are unaware of the host of policies in place to support entrepreneurship and are largely split along party lines on how best to support Britain’s wealth creators, according to new polling conducted for the think tank The Entrepreneurs Network.

The YouGov poll of 105 MPs found an extraordinary lack of knowledge of already established policies geared to support entrepreneurs. More than 40 per cent had never heard of the Patent Box, one of the government’s flagship schemes to make the UK a centre of innovation.

A whopping 66 per cent had never heard of the Angel CoFund, a £100m investment fund established to support small and medium-sized enterprises. The GrowthAccelerator, which was set up to back the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley in the form of London’s Tech City was only known to half of MPs.

Read the full article here.

In the first survey of its kind, Parliamentary Snapshot- conducted for the think tank The Entrepreneur’s Network by YouGov- has uncovered the views of MPs on polices impacting entrepreneurs. 

Read or download the briefing paper here.

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 a business. TEN 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.

Press Release: MPs unaware of schemes and tax cuts that aid entrepreneurs, finds think tank

In the first survey of its kind, Parliamentary Snapshot has uncovered the views of MPs on polices impacting entrepreneurs.

The two main findings are:

  • MPs are split across party lines on the sorts of policies they believe would positively impact entrepreneurship in the UK;
  • MPs are unaware of many policies in place to support entrepreneurs.

The survey ( http://www.adamsmith.org/research/reports/parliamentary-snapshot-mps-on-entrepreneurship/ ) – conducted for the think tank The Entrepreneur’s Network by YouGov – finds that Conservative MPs are more likely to believe cuts to tax and regulation will improve the state of entrepreneurship in the UK, while Labour MPs are more likely to think policies that involve increases spending will improve entrepreneurship. The only policy where both sides are significantly aligned is in spending more on improving the skills of the domestic workforce (93% of Conservative MP and 89% of Labour MPs believe this would have a positive impact on entrepreneurship in the UK).

The most significant split between the two main parties is over exempting the UK from EU business regulation. While 91% of Conservative MPs think this would have a positive impact on entrepreneurial activity in the UK, just 15% of Labour MPs agree. In fact, 63% of Labour MPs think exempting the UK from EU business regulation would have a negative impact on entrepreneurial activity in the UK.

Top 3 Policy Positions: All MPs

  Policy Positive
1st Spending more on improving the skills of the domestic workforce 92%
2nd Lowering business taxes 73%
3rd Cutting UK business regulation 72%

 

Top 3 Policy Positions: Conservative MPs

  Policy Positive MPs
1st Cutting UK business regulation 98%
2nd Lowering personal taxation 94%
3rd Exempting the UK from EU business regulation 91%
3rd Lowering business taxes 91%

 

Top 3 Policy Positions: Labour MPs

  Policy Positive MPs
1st Spending more on improving the skills of the domestic workforce 93%
2nd Spending more on government support services 76%
3rd Spending more on government grants and loans 75%

 

Top Policy Splits: Labour vs. Conservative MPs

  Policy Positive Con. MPs Positive Lab. MPs Split
1st                  Exempting the UK from EU business regulation 91% 15% 76 pp
2nd Lowering personal taxes 91% 29% 62 pp
3rd                  Cutting UK business regulation 98% 42% 56 pp
4th Lowering business taxes 91% 46% 45 pp
5th Spending more on government support services 40% 76% 36 pp
6th Spending more on government grants and loans 45% 75% 30 pp

 

The Knowledge Gap

The survey also exposed a surprising lack of knowledge among MPs about the policies already in place to support entrepreneurs. Too often, over half of MPs either haven’t heard about established polices or don’t know whether they are effective.

Least Known Policies: All MPs

  Policy Never Heard of it Heard of it but don’t know whether it’s effective or not

 

Total
1st Angel CoFund 66% 8% 74%
2nd GrowthAccelerator 50% 14% 64%
3rd Tech City UK 48% 13% 61%
4th Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) 42% 13% 55%
5th Entrepreneurs’ Relief 42% 12% 54%
6th Patent Box 42% 9% 51%

 

There is a mismatch between the strength of MPs’ opinions about what would benefit entrepreneurship in the UK and their understanding of the current policies in place.

The majority of Conservative MPs believe that tax cuts would be the best way to support entrepreneurship in the UK, with 94% of Conservative MPs in favour of lowering personal taxation and 91% for lowering business taxation. However, many are unaware of the tax incentives already in place for entrepreneurs. For example, 52% of Conservative MPs either had not heard of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), or didn’t know enough about it to determine whether it is effective. (The SEIS grants individual investors up to 50% tax relief on investing in smaller companies up to a maximum of £100,000.)

Similarly, the majority of Labour MPs think spending more would be the best way to support entrepreneurship in the UK, with 76% in favour of spending more on government support services, and 75% or government grants and loans. However, many are unaware of government spending already in place. For example, 62% of Labour MPs had not heard of GrowthAccelerator, or didn’t know about it well enough to determine whether it is effective. (GrowthAccelerator is a significant programme of support, offering coaching and expert advice to help businesses attract investment, increase sales and innovate quickly.)

Commenting on the survey, Philip Salter, Director of The Entrepreneur’s Network, said:

It’s encouraging that MPs are increasingly vocal about supporting Britain’s entrepreneurs; however, the fact that they are unfamiliar with the policies already in place is worrying.

As things stand, MPs don’t appear adequately informed to vote on future policy changes impacting entrepreneurs. Also, MPs should be familiar with these schemes so that they are able to pass on details to the many entrepreneurs they meet in their constituencies.

Notes to Editors:

For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact Kate Andrews, Communications Manager, at kate@adamsmith.org / 07584 778207 or Philip Salter, Director of TEN, at philip@tenentrepreneurs.org / 07919 355290.

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 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.


YouGov polled 105 Members of Parliament, with data weighted to be representative of the House of Commons by party, gender, electoral cohort and geography. Fieldwork took place between the 7th and 19th May 2014.

The Mail on Sunday’s feature on TEN’s Parliamentary Snapshot survey

The Mail on Sunday ran an exclusive feature on TEN‘s Parliamentary Snapshot- the first survey of its kind, which uncovers the views of MPs on policies impacting entrepreneurs.

From The Mail on Sunday:

Half had not heard of the GrowthAccelerator, a support scheme for fast-growing firms, while the existence of Tech City, the cluster of technology start-ups in East London was unknown to 48 per cent.

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, which offers tax incentives to savers investing in small businesses was unknown to 42 per cent, and the same percentage had neither heard of Entrepreneurs’ Relief, a Capital Gains Tax relief for entrepreneurs selling their businesses, nor Patent Box, which allows companies to apply a lower rate of corporation tax to profits from patented inventions and other innovations.

Philip Salter, director of The Entrepreneurs Network, which is supported by investment firm Octopus and the Adam Smith Institute, said: ‘It’s encouraging that MPs are increasingly vocal about supporting entrepreneurs. However the fact that they are unfamiliar with the policies already in place is worrying. MPs don’t appear adequately informed to vote on future policy changes affecting entrepreneurs.

‘MPs should be familiar with these schemes so they are able to pass on details to the many entrepreneurs they meet in their constituencies.’

Read the full feature here.

In the first survey of its kind, Parliamentary Snapshot- conducted for the think tank The Entrepreneur’s Network by YouGov- has uncovered the views of MPs on polices impacting entrepreneurs. 

Read or download the briefing paper here.

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 a business. TEN 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.

ASI Senior Fellow is quoted in The Guardian on Mayor of London’s ‘Europe Report’

Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, Tim Ambler, was quoted in The Guardian, arguing that the Mayor of London’s ‘Europe Report’ has a “number of failings”, making it unreliable:

Tim Ambler, a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, described The Europe Report: a Win-Win Situation as an “important review” but with “a number of failings” including offering findings “we cannot rely on”. He contended that Lyons is “not specific” about what would be needed to bring about what he concludes would be the best of four theoretical scenarios for London, this being the UK staying in the EU “but with substantial reforms”.

Read the full article here.