Are you watching Shriti?

It’s not said often enough, so we’ll say it. Entrepreneurs give plenty back, create wealth, share knowledge and actively look to improve society. There you go.What prompted today’s little backslap? Seeing the sterling work Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, husband and wife founders of high-wire forest adventure site Go Ape, and Tim Campbell, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, in a bid to raise £1m for the Prince’s Trust.Tristram, Rebecca and Tim were the faces behind yesterday’s launch of the Million Makers initative, marking the 25th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust’s Business Programme, which itself has helped more than 70,000 young people into business since 1983 but needs £1million every month to continue its vital work.The initative will see employees from 50 companies including The Royal Bank of Scotland, Accenture, Axa and Oracle competing in various challenges and start their own enterprises in a bid to raise the cash."Million Makers is a unique initiative for budding corporate high-flyers; not only will it help The Prince's Trust to raise £1million, but it provides a structured learning and development opportunity for companies and participants," said Tim.Great work guys and we salute you. Just one question: why isn’t the government putting in the same effort to support an organisation that’s contributed more than its fair share back to economy? It used to match, pound-for-pound, funds The Prince’s Trust raised, so why doesn’t it now?That question was asked to Shriti Vadera, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Competitiveness, at a Prince’s Trust event in May. She denied all knowledge of this fact but insisted she’d look into it. Any update yet, Shriti?

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