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North West group urges entrepreneurs charter

North West business group Private Sector Partners (PSP) has called on the government to “fire the furnace of enterprise” by creating a charter for entrepreneurs.

The group’s leader Len Collinson said the UK’s best chance of strong recovery was to encourage entrepreneurs and business growth.

“The facts are crystal clear – Cameron and Osborne must find the policies to fire the furnace of enterprise. Businesses underpin our ability as families, communities and as a nation to function. It is that fundamental.

“Without thriving businesses, everything else suffers - not so much a domino effect as a motorway pile up - job and wealth creation, skills training for young people, tax raising and therefore the public services, charity donations, media advertising and so on.”

Collinson said much has been made of the government’s Big Society plans, but criticised a lack of recognition for businesses. He said: “We do not celebrate, recognise and encourage enterprise enough. We therefore trail behind countries like Germany and the US where enterprise is fundamental to the national outlook.

“There needs to be a change of mentality so our schools and universities understand and promote business better."

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