The Fresh Business Thinking Power 100 list, ranking individuals who have the most impact on the lives of entrepreneurs in the UK, has been revealed – with the Prime Minister taking the top spot. Who else made the list?
David Cameron topped the Power 100 List for his work with business policies, and for efforts such as the call for more government contracts to be made available to SMEs and campaigning for investment in technologies like broadband.
Individuals working as editors and journalists, ministers, business and commerce representatives, successful entrepreneurs and trainers all made the list.
Jonathan Davies, Editor at Fresh Business Thinking, said of the result: "Regardless of whether or not you support David Cameron, the Prime Minister is the ultimate champion of British business and British entrepreneurship."
There are a number of familiar names in the top 20: Virgin Group founder and boss Sir Richard Branson came in a second place, while Business Secretary Vince Cable was placed at third. Karen Brady, CBE, was ranked fourth for her promotion of entrepreneurship through work with the Conservative Party, as well as ventures such as acting as one of Sir Alan Sugar’s accomplices on TV show The Apprentice. Sir Alan Sugar himself appears at number 12 on the list.
The Power 100 is compiled of those who have power over what entrepreneurs can do and achieve. This includes policy making, promotion of entrepreneurial activity, providing working spaces, mentoring. Not all in the list are entrepreneurs themselves. According to Jonathan Davies, the list is based on multiple components; power and policy, promotion of the entrepreneurial cause, those who champion and mentor entrepreneurs, social influence and day to day engagement with the entrepreneurial community."
The list is the first of its kind to focus on individuals that hold power influencing entrepreneurship.
You can check out the full list here.