Steve Coles, social entrepreneur and business consultant; Fiona Crawford, Helter Skelter; John-Michael Sookias, Twenty Something London; Eleanor Callaghan, Dig for Victory
Of all the economic trends seen in recent years, few have done more to catch the public imagination than the growth in self-employment – and for good reason. The number of people who work for themselves has grown by almost 30 per cent since 2000, with the result that 1 in 7 of the workforce now answer to themselves.
Yet despite its significance, there is still much that we do not know about the rise in self-employment. Why are so many people starting up in business? What role has new technology played in the boom? Is the growth in self-employment a good or bad for the UK economy? And, perhaps most importantly, what can policymakers and others do to help the self-employed flourish?
In a bid to answer these questions, the RSA, Google and Etsy will bring together leading thinkers for a day-long event of panel debates and stimulating discussions.