Student and MP join forces to draw up a wish list for government

October 5, 2010 2:27 PM
Phd student Matthew Cleevely working with Huppert

Matthew Cleevely

Student Matthew Cleevely is working with Cambridge MP Julian Huppert to draw up a business wish list for the coalition government.

Matthew, a former student at the city's Hills Road Sixth Form College, and Julian are asking entrepreneurs, business people, policy makers and academics to give their ideas to the project.

The result will be an Entrepreneurs Charter - a list of what entrepreneurs in Cambridge believe the government can do for them and businesses across the UK.

Matthew, who is studying for a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London's Imperial College Business School, has set up a website with Julian to collect ideas.

They are asking contributors to give details of their policy ideas, which group will be responsible for their implementation and is possible, an approximate cost.

"I am delighted to be given the chance to work with Julian on this project," said Matthew, of Owlstone Road, Cambridge. "The coalition government can learn a great deal from the entrepreneurs of Cambridge who are running businesses and launching new ones. It is the ideal city for this project."

Julian said: "This is an ideal opportunity for the Cambridge business world to get its ideas adopted as Lib Dem policy and influence government.

"These are the very people who are meeting issues head on and dealing with them every day and they have a great deal of experience they can share with ministers. I am confident that we will get some strong ideas which we can put forward to strengthen the government's support for businesses across the UK."

Matthew and Julian's website can be found at and anyone with ideas can send them to [email protected]

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