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The Entrepreneurial Audit

Twenty policy ideas to strengthen self-employment and micro-businesses in the UK

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Examining the past, present, and future of self-employment policy in the UK

Self-employment is once again on the rise. The number of people working for themselves has grown by 40 percent since 2000, and is set to reach a record 5 million by the end of the decade.

A debate rages as to whether this is a trend to be lauded or lamented. While some hold that the self-employed are just another legion in a growing army of precariat workers, others hail an entrepreneurial renaissance among spirited self-starters.

Either way, past and present governments have been in a constant battle to stay relevant and lend a helping hand. From tax cuts and deregulation drives, through to welfare changes and a multitude of new business support initiatives, there have been no shortage of pro-entrepreneurial policies.

But how many of these have been effective? Where do policy gaps remain? And is it time for the government to be more interventionist?

In 2016 we partnered with the multi-award winning think tank and charity The RSA to develop twenty policy ideas that government can adopt to help the self-employed and small business owners. We published our findings in February 2017 and will work hard to promote the recommendations to decision-makers across Government.

20 Policy Ideas for the Self-Employed