Huffington Post: Foreign entrepreneurs ‘disproportionately contribute’ to UK economy, says Luke Johnson


Speaking to the HuffPostUK to mark the start of Global Entrepreneurship week, Centre for Entrepreneurs chairman Luke Johnson warned that the government’s tough immigration controls risked deterring foreign talent from coming to Britain.

“It’s quite hard for people to come and settle here who come from a number of countries, even if they’re ex-students. I’m seeing a lot of very able people coming particularly from countries like Spain and Italy and thinking about running a company”

He suggested that immigrant entrepreneurs are currently ‘punching above their weight’ in the UK.

“Although these entrepreneur immigrants are relatively small who come here and settle, they actually punch above their weight in terms of economic importance.”

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