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Luke Johnson, chair of StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain, the national campaign set up by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to stimulate start-up growth in the UK, has appointed a charismatic new chairman.

Serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson, who chaired his first founders meeting last week, joins at an exciting time for the year-old campaign, after the launch of its latest initiative - StartUp loans for young people - with a series of summer events planned across the country.

Johnson, a former chairman of Channel 4, a current chairman of equity house Risk Capital Partners and the Royal Society of Arts as well as writing a regular entrepreneurial column for the Financial Times, was himself partly inspired into setting up his own business by a chance meeting with another famous player in the entrepreneurial scene – Richard Branson. That’s why he understands how important the role of the campaign is for inspiring budding entrepreneurs into unlocking their own...

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