Gates to talk at entrepreneurs conference

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The Independent Online

Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are to speak at Gordon Brown's entrepreneurship summit to be held a week tomorrow.

The Chancellor has secured a stellar cast of speakers for the conference, titled Advancing Enterprise, including US Treasury Secretary John Snow, German Finance Minister Hans Eichel, Jean-Clause Trichet, the President of the European Central Bank, and Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England.

It has also attracted Eric Schmidt, one of the hottest names in business and founder of the soon-to-be-floated search engine Google, and such top UK business leaders as Arun Sarin, Vodafone's new chief executive, Paul Walsh of Diageo, Sir Terry Leahy of Tesco, Ben Verwaayen and Sir Christopher Bland of BT, Niall Fitzgerald of Unilever, Dame Marjorie Scardino of Pearson, Lord Browne of BP, Sir Tom McKillop of AstraZeneca and Jean-Pierre Garnier of GlaxoSmithKline.

The conference, first suggested by the Chancellor last year, wants to find ways the UK can advance enterprise, including breaking down transatlantic trade barriers and hastening reform in the European Union.

A survey last week found entrepreneurship in the UK was recovering after the economic downturn. The study, by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, found the UK and the US were the only economies with improving enterprise.