Wednesday, 04 November 2021 07:47

Sir Tom Hunter call for more support for start-ups

Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Sir Tom Hunter and Sir Jackie Stewart attend the Dover House Lecture

Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter has encouraged Scotland to rediscover its former glory as “inventor of the modern world” as he delivered the fifth annual Dover House Lecture on Monday.

The series of talks is organised by the Scotland Office, with the annual event bringing together key UK opinion formers to come up with new solutions to some of the country’s largest problems.

In his lecture, Sir Tom challenged Scottish decision-makers to get behind business start-ups and help tailor the country’s education system to rival the best in the world.

Also on the agenda were discussions on improved business mentoring, practical help for new entrepreneurs and supported education options for young people entering the workforce.

Sir Tom Hunter said: “It’s a little-known fact that 100% of new net jobs in Scotland are created by businesses that are less than five years old, yet we are also currently facing a huge skills gap. We need to look at bridging that gap through education, and helping educators engage with start-up companies to turn Scotland into one of the best countries in the world at business.”

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “Drawing together an audience of respected UK opinion formers from sectors like business, law, the arts, academia, sport, charity, and many others, the Dover House lectures provide a special intellectual platform where Scotland’s most influential people can share new perspectives and come up with fresh solutions.

“As we heard in Sir Tom Hunter’s thought provoking lecture on bringing Scotland into its ‘second enlightenment’, the lectures serve as platforms through which invaluable ideas on Scotland’s biggest challenges can be shared.”

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