Wednesday 21 February 2018

David Cameron: Children must learn 'how to make a profit'

Woman on a mission: Self-declared feminist Karren Brady has thrived in a male-dominated environment
Woman on a mission: Self-declared feminist Karren Brady has thrived in a male-dominated environment

Peter Dominiczak, and Steven Swinford

Every child must learn how money is made and "how to turn a profit" in the bid to produce a new generation of entrepreneurs, David Cameron has said

The British Prime Minister said that schools must do more to help to create the future “Richard Bransons and Karren Bradys”.

He said that he is personally asking some of Britain’s most senior business figures to go to their local schools and pass on “their hard-won knowledge”.

In an interview with the Institute of Directors monthly magazine, Mr Cameron said: “Children need to know how money is made, about turning over a profit, about working in a team. The future Richard Bransons and Karren Bradys are out there.

“We need to bring alive their ambition by showing them what they can do – and our top business people will do just that by sharing their own stories and passing on their hard-won knowledge. That is why I have repeatedly asked CEOs to get involved in their local schools, for example through the Speakers for Schools programme.”

In his interview, Mr Cameron also warned that the European Union is hampered by “job-killing regulations”.

The Prime Minister has pledged to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU before holding an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

Mr Cameron said that “Britain is back in business” and that he now wants to ensure that the EU “creates a similarly business-friendly environment”.

He said: “We are seeing a great revival in this country – jobs are up, foreign investment is up, a record number of start-ups have been set up. Britain is back in business. That hasn’t happened by itself – it’s happened because of our long-term economic plan, a plan that is keeping inflation low, regulations limited and the business environment friendly for both large and small corporations.

“But we now need to ensure that the EU creates a similarly business-friendly environment. The EU’s single market on our doorstep is a great opportunity for British firms. But all too often the market is hampered by job-killing regulations.”


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