Super-SMEs are Britain’s growth dynamo – Director of TEN writes for CityAM

Director of The Entrepreneur’s Network, Philip Salter, wrote an op-ed for CityAM explaining how high growth small businesses are the driving force behind recent growth in the economy.

A NEW report from Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research reveals that high growth small businesses (HGSBs) are the driving force behind recent growth in the economy and employment.

The High Growth Small Business Report shows that HGSBs – firms with an annual turnover of between £1m and £20m, growing at more than 20 per cent over three years – generated 36.4 per cent of economic growth in 2013, as well as 68 per cent of all new jobs between 2012 and 2013. This is despite comprising of just 30,000 businesses.

London is leading the charge. In 2013, 139,703 jobs were created by HGSBs, more than any other region. And this great city boasts the highest absolute number of HGSBs, with almost one in 25 workers in the capital employed by one of these fast growing companies. In contrast, just one in 80 workers in Wales work for HGSBs.

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Sam Bowman’s comments on CReAM’s immigration report feature in The Sun Online

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, was quoted by The Sun Online on his comments regarding UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration’s new immigration report: 

The mammoth academic report claimed EU migrants had benefited Britain to the tune of £20billion between 2000 and
2011.
It buried the revelation that non-EU migrants had cost the public purse £120billion since 1995.
The Adam Smith Institute said the report proved the decision to open up our borders to Eastern Europe was “one of the
best things the last Labour government did”.

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The immigration debate has been poisoned – Sam Bowman writes for CityAM

Research Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, wrote an op-ed for CityAM, criticising the way in which facts and figures are manipulated in the immigration debate for political purposes.

This weekend, people across Europe will commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will celebrate the end of communism in Europe, the liberation of millions from totalitarianism, and the opening up of a continent to free movement between nations.

In Britain, however, the politics of migration has become grubbier. Everybody is now obsessed with immigration – that is, how to cut it. Where once we welcomed Polish pilots who had fought bravely in the Battle of Britain, now we fear that Polish benefit tourists will drain our tax coffers.

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