Please join us on Tuesday December 3 between 3pm and 4pm for a Twitter Live Chat to discuss how #Inclusive #Entrepreneurship evidences the #2030 Agenda & #SDGs.
This is how it works.There are 4 questions. We will introduce the questions as an image. Please tag your answers with A1, A2, etc. and use the hashtag: #InclEnt2019.
Topic: This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable & sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to #LeaveNoOneBehind.
Inclusive Entrepreneurship levels the playing field. It allows entrepreneurs who face barriers to business creation and self-employment to seek, create and take-up opportunities. The resultant contribution to the growth of the economy from such enterprise is what we term Inclusive Economic Growth.
Question 1: Our Inclusive Entrepreneurs programme has been running successfully since 2013, and we have helped many entrepreneurs to start and grow their business. What was your experience when considering entrepreneurship?
Question 2: When considering how we evidence the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Inclusive Entrepreneurship is often restricted to the economic impact, leading to global policy and responses which fail to recognise social impact value. They also often rule out investment in this area ie within the Access to Work Award which measures business viability purely on turnover. Have you ever been refused access to funding or support because of this approach?
Question 3: Investment in Inclusive Entrepreneurship often falls short of impactful support beyond traditional business support such as bookkeeping, marketing, sales etc. This fails to take into consideration individual needs of disabled people and how they manage their working lives, particularly around health and well-being. What specific areas of support would you like to see available to start or grow your business?
Question 4: Providing ongoing effective investment, business and specific support for inclusive entrepreneurship will not only reduce the employment gap and improve GDP, but will have a knock-on effect of reducing the health, social care and welfare budgets in the wake of the inclusive economic growth. Has the use of, or reliance upon, such services lessened once you set up your own business?