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Deadline for Deane's self-employment survey looms

There are only two weeks left to take part in the nationwide survey on self-employment led by founder and chief executive of The Cambridge Satchel Company Julie Deane.

The survey, which will close on November 8, aims to find out how the self-employed might be better supported to start, maintain and grow their businesses.

Prime minister David Cameron asked Deane to run the independent survey in July. The results will be incorporated in a report, due in early 2016, to highlight the challenges facing small- and medium-sized businesses.

Deane said: “I feel really strongly that this is a golden opportunity for would-be business owners to have a voice and for that voice to be heard. As such, I am very keen to hear from as many people as possible.

“It’s very easy to sit at home grumbling about how things could be done better, but this is your chance to have your say. I want my review to reflect the views and concerns of those who are in the thick of it.”

The survey, which is hosted through the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, can be found at

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