CFE

Centre for Entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurs promotes the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth and social well-being.

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CFE

Centre for Entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurs promotes the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth and social well-being.

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Advocating Entrepreneurship

Legatum holds the belief that that economic progress and good governance emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. With this as a goal, Legatum catalyzed the launch of CFE in October 2013. 

The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank promotes the role of entrepreneurs in creating economic growth and social well-being. It is home to the national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain.

The Centre researches and communicates the positive impact of entrepreneurs on economy and society; defends entrepreneurs from over-regulation, unhelpful legislation, over-taxation and monopolistic large firms; and encourages entrepreneurship as a career choice.

The Centre is a non-profit joint venture between Sunday Times columnist and serial entrepreneur Luke Johnson and the Legatum Institute - a non-partisan think tank and publisher of the annual Prosperity Index.
 
It is supported by a prominent advisor board including lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman, angel investor Dale Murray, Betfair founder Ed Wray, Supper Club founder Duncan Cheatle and Wayra Europe director Simon Devonshire.
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In 2014, the Centre took on the running of the national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain when its founders stepped down after three years of activity. Launched in 2011, StartUp Britain pioneered a range of innovative initiates to boost public awareness of entrepreneurship and the Centre for Entrepreneurs provides the natural home for the campaign to live on. Since taking on the campaign, the Centre has boosted StartUp Britain’s social media following by 50% to 75,000 followers.

CFE's Partnerships

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Creating Our Jobs

The Centre partnered with fintech start-up, DueDil to address a neglected aspect of the immigration debate: the contribution of migrant entrepreneurs. Launched in the run-up to the European elections, ‘Migrant entrepreneurs: Building our businesses, creating our jobs’ challenged the tone of hostility towards immigration by presenting data and public opinion that celebrated migrant entrepreneurs and proved their extensive economic and social contribution to the UK.

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Spend Small

The Centre partnered with open data start-up, Spend Network to examine local government spending with small firms – a measure which indicates the accessibility and competitiveness of procurement processes and the ability for entrepreneurs to grow their business by winning valuable government contracts. ‘Spend small: The local authority spend index’ uncovers, for the first time, the rate of small firm spend by the 150 largest councils across England and Wales. Using councils’ own published spend data and an open methodology, the Index provides trusted figures and allows for reliable comparison between councils – something not previously possible using opaque, PR-driven statistics produced by many councils.​

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Supporting Entrepreneurs

Maserati partnered with the Centre for Entrepreneurs, a collaboration characterised by shared values in terms of the positive impact entrepreneurs have on the economy and society as a whole. The Maserati 100 initiative provides recognition for the entrepreneurs who generously give their time and resources to support young founders and encourages others to follow suit, thus developing entrepreneurship in the UK.