Today marks the end of the Jobs Foundation’s first week. It began with op-eds by our President Matthew Elliott in both the Daily Telegraph and The Sun. Matthew talked in his Telegraph column of how business too often gets ‘a bad rap’ despite the many examples of incredible businesses doing amazing work across the country. He cited one of our Advisory Council members Christopher Nieper OBE, whose family business sponsors a local school. In The Sun, Matthew spoke about his own experience starting his first job walking a neighbour’s dog and then on the floor of a local independent electrical shop. We were delighted to get a positive reception from the CityAM editorial team who support the idea of a charity “banging home the message loudly… that the only way Britain will create the jobs and growth it needs is [by encouraging] the creation and scaling of businesses”. One of our trustees, Simon Boyd, gave an interview to his local paper in Dorset in which he talked about his motivation for getting behind the Jobs Foundation.
On Tuesday, Carl Richardson of Richardsons Capital LLP wrote an op-ed in the Express and Star in which he talked about the long legacy of great businesses in the West Country and said that jobs are important because “they remain the route out of poverty for millions of people”. Also on Tuesday, an MP from the West Country, Siobhan Baillie MP, stood up during a debate in Parliament to praise Matthew’s op-ed in The Sun quoting our analysis that shows getting a full-time salaried job can cut the probability of falling in to poverty by 90%.
It has been a thrilling start to our journey. If you want to know more about the Jobs Foundation, join our Business Council, or even donate to our cause, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.