The Rt Hon The Lord Young of Graffham CH DL has had a varied and distinguished career since graduating from University College London. After practicing as a solicitor for a year, he entered the world of business, founding the first of many enterprises in 1961.

In 1979, Lord Young became involved in politics, leading on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He later joined the Cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio, becoming a member of the Privy Council and also acted as Secretary of State for Employment and Trade and Industry for a number of years until 1989 when he returned to private life. In 1990 he became Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC until 1995 when he retired and founded Young Associates, where he remains as Chairman.

Lord Young was appointed Advisor to the Prime Minister on Enterprise in 2010 to review the relationship between Government and small firms. In May 2012 his first report “Make Business Your Business” introduced the Start Up Loan initiative. In 2012 his second report “Growing Your Business” opened up the whole Public Sector to Small Firms and his third report “Enterprise for All” introduced, among other things, Enterprise Advisers for all Head Teachers and an Enterprise Passport for all post Primary School children. As a result of this report, The Careers & Enterprise Company was launched.

Lord Young is married with two children, six grandchildren and is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions.

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