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Join Bright Blue for the launch event of our new major report, ‘Mind your business? Expanding democratic business in the UK,’ examining policies across the US and Europe to incentivise democratic business.

Democratic businesses come in all shapes and sizes: from local community groups to nationwide employee-owned retailers, from football clubs to housing developers. The centre-right should take notice. The property-owning democracy – the dream of many on the centre-right – comes into its own through democratic businesses. They are often grounded in their local community, exemplifying levelling up at the most micro level. They are the middle ground between the ruthless individualism of right-wing laissez-faire libertarianism and the centrally-mandated collectivism of left-wing economic policy. And, although, in many respects, democratic businesses are doing very well, much can still be done to improve their situation and protect them from the problems they face.

Bright Blue’s new report seeks to do just that. It examines the nature and looks at the history of democratic businesses before discussing their many benefits and some of the barriers they face, as well as the policies – both in the UK and internationally – that have influenced them in the last few decades. It concludes by offering new and realistic policies designed to promote democratic business in the UK.

  • Kevin Hollinrake MP, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business.
  • Jerome Mayhew MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Graeme Nuttall OBE, Author, 2013 government review of employee ownership.
  • Chris Earnshaw, President, John Lewis Partnership Council.
  • James de le Vingne, CEO, Employee Ownership Association.
  • Bartek Staniszewski, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue, and author of the report.
  • Melissa Lawford, Economics Reporter, The Telegraph (Chair).

Wednesday 17th January 2024, 18:30-20:00.


Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, 1 Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JR


This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP here.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Emily Taylor, our Communications Officer,

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