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Perkins: Labour will help entrepreneurs become school governors

Sunday 13 July 2014

Perkins: Labour will help entrepreneurs become school governors

Labour will help more people from the world of business become school governors, Toby Perkins will say today.

Toby pointingThe next Labour government will help more councils follow the example of Labour-led local authorities such as Waltham Forest which has worked with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on a scheme to encourage business people to join local schools as Enterprise Governors.

This approach will provide new opportunities for business people from local communities to contribute and get involved, developing stronger links between schools and local business and enterprise, as well as bringing new expertise and helping drive knowledge and understanding of enterprise within schools and foster pathways to enterprise as a career.

The FSB is also working with national charity School Governors One Stop Shop to encourage its members to become school governors.

The final report of Labour’s Small Business Task Force, led by small businesses and published last year, recommended normalising entrepreneurship as a career path and Andrew Adonis’s report published this week called for the fostering of closer links between schools and entrepreneurs.

The Waltham Forest scheme featured in the recent publication by Labour Councillors Business Network (LCBN), highlighting best practice from Labour Councils working alongside business across Britain.

Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Business Toby Perkins MP said:

“We need to see more people starting, leading and working in business. And a key part of fostering an entrepreneurial culture is by strengthening links between schools and local firms.

“Waltham Forest’s scheme has made a fantastic contribution, showing what a difference a trailblazing Labour council can make. The next Labour government will make it easier for local authorities to take forward similar plans.”


Editor’s notes:

1. The report of Labour Councillors Business Network, which shares ideas, best practice and resources on business policy, which includes details of the Waltham Forest scheme, which enables a new school governor category of Enterprise Governor, sitting alongside others such as Parent Governor and Staff Governor, is online here:

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