Self-employment is once again on the rise. The number of people working for themselves has grown by 40 percent since 2000, and is set to reach a record 5 million by the end of the decade.
A debate rages as to whether this is a trend to be lauded or lamented. While some hold that the self-employed are just another legion in a growing army of precariat workers, others hail an entrepreneurial renaissance among spirited self-starters.
Either way, past and present governments have been in a constant battle to stay relevant and lend a helping hand. From tax cuts and deregulation drives, through to welfare changes and a multitude of new business support initiatives, there have been no shortage of pro-entrepreneurial policies.
But how many of these have been effective? Where do policy gaps remain? And is it time for the government to be more interventionist?
Join us to debate these questions as we launch The Entrepreneurial Audit, a new RSA report that examines the past, present and future of self-employment policy in the UK.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support of Crunch, the online accountants for micro-businesses.
Read The Entrepreneurial Audit online (via Medium)
Download the report (PDF)