Business secretary Vince Cable has created a new forum of high profile entrepreneurs to advise the government on business and enterprise policy.
They were unveiled at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK today.
The Entrepreneurs’ Forum will provide “informal and personal advice” and meet four times a year, starting in early 2011.
The government said the group will have up to 26 members but only 16 have been appointed so far. They are:
Dawn Gibbins, founder, Barefoot Living
Sarah Tremellen, founder, Bravissimo
Christiane Wuillamie, founder, Elgius
Jan Fletcher, chair, Montpellier Estates
Julie Meyer, founder, Ariadne Capital
Polly Gowers, founder, Everyclick
Anne Malkin, CEO, Access Risk Management Group
Kresse Wessling, founder, Elvis & Kresse
Shaf Rasul, founder, E-Net Computers
Tim Campbell, founder, Bright Ideas Trust
Carl Hopkins, founder, Joblink Solutions
Bruce Savage, director, Cherwell Capital
James Caan, investor, Dragons’ Den
Sahar Hashemi, founder, Skinny Candy
Sara Murray, managing director, Buddi
Baroness Margaret Ford, chair, Olympic Park Legacy Company
Cable has also given himself diversity points. As a release says; “a significant proportion of the forum are women and increasing the rate of female entrepreneurs is one area the forum will be encouraged to look at.”
I would be delighted for our commenters to pick out the celebrities from the *real* entrepreneurs and the investors in entrepreneurs.