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MEDIA ALERT: 6th Entrepreneur Country Forum, Thursday 14th January 2010

***Media Alert***

Taking place on Thursday 14th January 2010 is:

1. 6th Entrepreneur Country Forum at London's Savoy Place (All day)
2. Roundtable to announce results of a survey of some of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs, discussing how to reshape politics in 2010 (8-9am)

1) 6th Entrepreneur Country Forum (9am-5pm)

What:

Entrepreneur Country is a community of 25,000 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media. Founded by Julie Meyer, Entrepreneur Country and its members aim to publicise the voice of the entrepreneur; shape the dialogue, create the connections, celebrate the victories and persist in its mission until society understands how fundamental building high growth momentum is to building economic growth for the UK. Partners include Avanta, Barclays, James Hallam, Nasstar, Porter Novelli, Smith and Williamson, etv media group and Technology Strategy Board.

Entrepreneur Country

With the worst of the recession behind us and a general election ahead, ‘Politics not as Usual’ is the order of the day.

Speakers include:

• Bernadette Wightman - Managing Director, UKI Channels, Cisco Systems
• Steven Cooper - Managing Director Local Business, Barclays
• JP Rangaswami - Chief Scientist, BT Group
• Bernard Jenkin - Conservative MP
• Derek Wyatt - New Labour MP
• Matthew Elliott - co-founder and CEO, The TaxPayers' Alliance
• Stephan Shakespeare - founder and CEO, YouGov
• Alastair Lukies - founder and CEO, Monitise Group
• Sahar Hashemi - founder, Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy
• Hugh Chappell - founder, TrustedReviews.com
• Phil Eames - CEO, iome
• Guy Cooper - CEO, Qire
• Brad Rosser and Simon Pinson - BetterStrongerFaster Group
• Jeff Wellstead - Talent Transformations
• Emily Cummins, Barclays Woman of the Year Award Winner 2009 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s Ultimate Save-the-Planet Pioneer 2008
• Julie Meyer - founder & CEO, Ariadne Capital, founder, Entrepreneur Country

RSVP to:

Should you want to attend please contact Danielle.heximer@porternovelli.co.uk

2) Roundtable - Thursday 14th January, 8-9am:

What:

A survey of some of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs has found that most regard central Government as bloated and bureaucratic. Reducing the size of government and bringing it into line with the same level of accountability, transparency and efficiency that high-growth private firms have to have to survive was endorsed broadly. These, and other findings from the poll, will be discussed at an exclusive media round-table at 8am on Thursday morning prior to the Entrepreneur Country event taking place.

The theme of the debate will be ‘Politics not as Usual’, and will discuss the demands from Britain’s wealth-creators on whoever forms our next Government.

Speakers include:

- Steve Cooper, MD of Local Business at Barclays
- Matthew Elliott, CE of TaxPayers Alliance
- David Alberto, CEO of Avanta
- Hugh Chappell, Founder of trustedreviews.com & bit-tech.net
- Julie Meyer

Highlights of the poll include:

- When asked how they would improve the current environment for business, the most popular response was a call to reduce the size of Government.
- Up to 80 per cent of entrepreneurs call for tax relief and other initiatives to kick-start growth
- More than 70 per cent of respondents say their confidence would be lifted by a Tory Government; two thirds said they would lack confidence in a re-elected Labour Government.

RSVP ASAP to:

Danielle.heximer@porternovelli.co.uk as places are very limited.