When the Prime Minister wanted to launch a campaign to give entrepreneurs greater freedom to work from home he had no hesitation in recruiting Alexander Rennie.
The 28-year-old, owner of Rotherham-based Dynamo Photography, was invited to the first Home Business Summit in London to raise awareness of new measurers announced by Government.
They include legislation to make it easier to run a company from a rented property and new guidance on business rates clarifying that, in most circumstances, home-based firms will be exempt.
Planning guidance is also being updated to make it clear that planning permission should not normally be required to run a business from home.
The Summit was held at Somerset House in London.
Alexander set up Dynamo with the help of the Prince’s Trust which gave him £1,000 and a mentor for three years. He currently works from home in Rotherham.
While being interviewed by the Trust he was approached by a representative from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and asked if he would be interested in attending the Summit in London.
Alexander said: “ I immediately said yes, viewing this as an excellent opportunity to show my talent and showcase my business.
“It was great to see the Prime Minister taking such a big interest in home businesses. I feel the steps put in place by the Government are a great help in the first year of stabilising a new business. It was good to talk to Mr Cameron about how those steps were helping me so much in the first stages of my own home business. It was also inspiring to see so many new entrepreneurs and to hear them talking about their businesses.
“After struggling to find work in today’s economy I turned to my passion, photography as a means of creating a career. I found out about The Prince’s Trust through family and contacted them about starting my own business. They have been great. In the last seven months they have helped me to get off the ground and they have given me the tools I need to make a successful business including exhibiting at the forthcoming Rotherham Show.”
Speaking at the event, Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “There’s never been a better time to start a business, and even more people are choosing to start up from home.
“It’s this spirit of personal endeavour and self-determination that is driving our economic recovery. But home businesses don’t just fire up the economic engines and create jobs, they turn dormitory towns into living communities, they keep our streets safer, and by driving down car emissions, cleaner too.
“We know that starting up any business can also be hugely stressful and that’s why I am announcing that the government will change the law to make life easier for Britain’s home businesses.
“We’ll make sure the majority of home businesses are exempt from business rates.”