This blog is brought to you by David Irwin. David is a consultant in enterprise and economic David Irwin picdevelopment. He co-founded one of the UK’s first local enterprise agencies, Project North East, helping new and small businesses, and in 2000 was appointed founder CEO of the UK Government’s Small Business Service, not only taking responsibility for much of the Government’s support for SMEs but also taking on a role as ‘the strong voice for small business at the heart of government’.

He now works in the UK and Africa. In the UK, he focuses on small business support initiatives and on supporting social enterprises. In Africa, he mainly advises on regulatory reform and improving the investment climate through more effective public private dialogue and private sector advocacy.

He is Chairman of Cobweb Information Ltd, a business that focuses on providing business information. He is a member of the Government’s Small Business Economic Forum.


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