Our Mission

SMEs for Labour seeks to strengthen relations between the small, medium, micro, owner and family run businesses with the Labour Party

We support constructive and informed discussion within the Labour movement on issues impacting on SMEs

We work closely with trade unions, employers’ groups and individuals, encouraging strong partnerships and collaboration

We organise meetings for Labour Parliamentarians and others, so that a greater understanding of the challenges faced by SMEs can be gained

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News & Updates

SME4Labour AGM 2018

On Tuesday the 18th of April, SME4Labour held its Annual General Meeting in Committee Room 6 of the Houses of Parliament.The evening began with a brief introduction from the char and member of SME4Labour's executive committee Rehana Ameer. This was followed by remarks from Shadow Pensions Minister Jack Dromey MP,... Read more

Doing Buisness with Government – A Vision for Labour

Simon Lydiard, a former Senior Civil Servant, offers some thoughts on his experience in government and developing a distinctive Labour vision for government business with SMEs.In 2010, when the Coalition Government was formed, I was a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Transport and responsible for procurement strategy across... Read more

Read Co-Chair Ibrahim Dogus' speech at SME4Labour's 2nd Annual Parliamentary Reception (2018)

Distinguished Members of Parliament, distinguished Members of the House of Lords, colleagues, friends. Thank you for joining us at this SME4Labour Parliamentary Reception.My name is Ibrahim Dogus, and I am the co-founder of SME4Labour. I am a small business owner. I am a community activist. I am a proud member... Read more

SME4Labour's 2nd Annual Parliamentary Reception (2018)

On Monday the 5th of March 2018, SME4Labour held its 2nd annual parliamentary reception in the Jubilee Room of the Palace of Westminster. A selection of photos from the evening can be found here. SME4Labour works to bring together small business owners and the self-employed with members of the party at... Read more

Carolyn Harris MP is LCGR's Inaugural Chair

SME4Labour is delighted to announce Carolyn Harris MP as Labour Campaign for Gambling Reform's (LCGR) inaugural chairwoman. As those of you at the launch of the LCGR on 6th December 2017 undoubtedly attest, Carolyn is one of the most passionate and eloquent advocates on the need for gambling reform, as... Read more

Rehana Ameer

Rehana Ameer is the first Indian born woman elected as a Councillor in the City of London Corporation’s 950 years of history. She is the Councillor of Vintry Ward.  She is also the first woman politician in the UK of Tamil Nadu origin. Rehana is an active member of the... Read more

2nd SME4Labour Gala and Labour Excellence Awards

Held at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in Piccadilly, the event was attended by over 400 guest. This included over 60 Labour MPs and peers, including several members of the shadow cabinet. They were joined by mayors, local councillors and other members of the Labour family, alongside trade union leaders... Read more

Read Co-Chairman Sonny Leong's speech at the SME4Labour Annual Gala and Labour Excellence Awards

  Friends, thank you so much for coming tonight. It is wonderful to be with you. So – how has your 2017 been?! Quiet? Relaxed? Or have you, like me, been taking your social media feed intravenously for that constant hit of news? What. A. Year. So I hope that, while... Read more

Labour Excellence Awards Winners 2017

 See photos of the winners here.   Labour PPC of the Year Award Sophie Cook   Labour Parliamentary Assistant of the Year Calum Mulligan, PA for Stephen Kinnock MP   Socialist Society of the Year SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign   Friends Group of the Year Sikhs for Labour  ... Read more

Read Co-Chairman Ibrahim Dogus' speech at the SME4Labour Annual Gala and Labour Excellence Awards

My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, Members of Parliament, distinguished representatives of the media, friends from the trade unions, and from businesses, fellow Labour supporters. Welcome to the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel, and to the SME4Labour Gala Dinner. My name is Ibrahim Dogus, and I am the co-founder of SME4Labour. I am... Read more

Tom Watson's Message

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and SME4Labour has acted as a powerful advocate on their behalf since it was established two years ago. The support and advice it gives to the party is hugely valued by MPs and policymakers. Most people work in small and medium... Read more

Lord Murphy's Message

"SME4Labour is a fine organisation which recognises the importance of small and medium sized businesses for the economic well being of our country."Lord Murphy of Torfaen Read more

Bill Esterson's Message

“SMEs are responsible for 60% of private sector jobs. Smaller businesses are often the source of the innovation and creativity which we need to unlock to boost our productivity and growth. Labour’s plans for a National Investment Bank, access to government contracts and making sure larger firms pay their suppliers... Read more

Jeremy Corbyn's Message

"SME4 Labour provides small businesses with a way to have their voices heard, which are too often drowned out by larger companies and corporations. I’d like to thank and congratulate my colleagues in the SME4 Labour team for their contribution to an economic policy that works for the many, not... Read more

John McDonnell's Message

“I wish to thank SME4Labour for the major contribution the group has made to developing and campaigning so successfully for Labour’s policies. SME4Labour has really made its’ mark on our political direction.”John McDonnell is the MP for Hayes and Harlington and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Read more

Maria Eagle's Message

"Whilst small businesses contribute to job creation and economic activity locally, they rarely have the time or space to get involved in formulating public policy – SME4Labour can enable a two way flow of information and understanding ensuring that Labour policy takes account of the needs of this vital sector... Read more

Eleanor Smith's Message

"Small and medium-sized businesses play an absolutely vital role in the development of the economy, but they need organisations that can speak out for them because they don't have the influence that larger companies can employ. SME4Labour plays a vital role in ensuring their voices are heard, both inside and outside of... Read more

Beating the Tories on Business – How Labour Can Win the Battle for SME Hearts and Minds Again

21st November 2017 – SME4Labour held a roundtable discussion in Parliament about how the Labour Party can beat the Tories on business and re-establish itself as the party of - and for - small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners and workers. The session was kindly hosted by Jack Dromey MP,... Read more

Lord Blunkett's Message

"SMEs are of vital importance to local communities and to the wider economy, not least in job creation. It is essential that SMEs have a Labour Party that listens and stands up for them. That is what we are doing as a party, and SME4Labour has played an important role in... Read more

Iain McNicol's Message

“SME4Labour provides a brilliant and worthwhile link between small businesses and the Labour Party. Small and medium-sized enterprises employ the vast majority of the working people we seek to represent, and the work SME4Labour does in advancing that cause is highly valued by us all. "I’d like to congratulate the... Read more

Virendra Sharma's Message

"I would like to convey my support for the second SME4Labour gala. The gala and awards are  important in recognising the key role that SMEs play in the economy and in driving growth. In my constituency SMEs are the lifeblood of the local economy, and raising awareness of SME issues within... Read more

Peter Dowd's Message

“SMEs are vital in growing a sustainable economy and SME4Labour pays a crucial role in that goal. Hearing what SME4Labour have to say on this is important in shaping Labour's economic position.”Peter Dowd is MP for Bootle and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Read more

Lesley Laird's Message

"From Kirkcaldy to Kelty and Cowdenbeath to Crosshill, SMEs are the backbone and heartbeat of the Scottish economy. In Scotland, SMEs account for 99.4% of all businesses, 55% of private sector employment and 40% of private sector turnover. It is for this reason that I am delighted to see so... Read more

Debbie Abrahams' Message

“Our small business sector is the power-house of the economy, contributing 47% of the UK’s income in the private sector and constituting over 99% of all businesses and the majority of private sector jobs. Small businesses are critical to boosting aggregate levels of productivity in the UK. For sustainable and healthy... Read more

Richard Burgon's Message

“Small and medium enterprises make a huge contribution to our shared prosperity, and provide an important number of jobs in Leeds East. That’s why I’m pleased to support the fantastic work SME4Labour does working in partnership with these enterprises, trade unions and the Labour Party to develop Labour’s plan for... Read more

Jack Dromey MP

Jack Dromey has been the MP for Birmingham Erdington since the 2010 general electionHe was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government in the Ed Miliband shadow front bench. He became Shadow Policing Minister in 2013 but resigned from this position on 27 June 2016. On 10 October 2016,... Read more


THE TAYLOR REVIEW AND ITS FALLOUT – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FLEXIBLE ECONOMY? 31st October 2017 – SME4Labour held a fascinating forum in Westminster on the Taylor Review into modern employment practices. Commissioned and endorsed by the Prime Minister, in July Matthew Taylor published his far-ranging review into modern work.... Read more

Chi Onwurah's Message

"Small businesses are the engine of our economy and the platform for our future growth. We need to invest in and nurture small businesses and encourage entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, if we are to build an economy that works for all."Chi Onwurah is the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central... Read more

Angela Rayner's Message

"Comprising over 99% of private sector businesses in the UK, small and medium enterprises are the backbone of the economy. I'm delighted that the Labour Party has such a close relationship with SMEs through SME4Labour. It is no secret that the Labour Party is the only party committed to a fair... Read more

SME4Labour at Conference: 'Building a Pro-Business Reputation'

26th September 2017 - SME4Labour, in partnership with LabourList, hosted an event at Labour Party Conference in Brighton entitled 'Labour's links with SMEs: building a pro business reputation'. SME4Labour co-chair Ibrahim Dogus was joined by Stephen Kinnock MP, Bill Esterson MP, Lola McEvoy of the Living Wage Foundation, and Labour Business chair... Read more

Creative Arts Industry Reception with Tom Watson MP

  6th September 2017 – SME4Labour sponsored a successful networking reception at Cucina Restaurant hosted by Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.See photos of the event here Keen to circulate and speak to the many attendees from the creative... Read more

Beyond Brexit: SMEs and the future of the British economy

19th July 2017 - SME4Labour held a roundtable discussion in the House of Commons on the role of SMEs in the British economy after Brexit. The event was chaired by Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), and featured keynote speakers... Read more

General Election Small Business Debate

18th May 2017 - SME4Labour co-chair Ibrahim Dogus took part in the General Election Small Business Debate, organised by Enterprise Nation. The debate was lively and Ibrahim enjoyed sharing his perspectives with the other participants and hearing the questions and concerns of the audience. Ibrahim was joined on the panel by... Read more

An Evening With Yvette Cooper MP and Bill Esterson MP

  25th April 2017 - SME4Labour supported an evening of great food - and even better conversation - with our special guest speaker the Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP and host Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Business Minister.Please click here to see photos from the event. Read more

Tracy Brabin MP fundraiser dinner

21st March 2017 - A night of fun, food and entertainment to help Tracy Brabin raise funds for her Labour Campaigns. Attendees enjoyed a meal, entertainment from rising comedy acts, a political quiz and an auction.Tracy Brabin was elected as Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in October 2016... Read more

Martin Howe

Martin Howe is a founding member of Howe + Co and its senior partner. Martin has over 30 years’ experience working as a solicitor and specialising in social justice cases. Martin is an elected member of the Council of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and in 2012 was elected to... Read more

Mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan has been the Mayor of London since 2016. He served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2016. He joined the Labour Party in 1994 and first served as the Councillor entered the House of Commons in 2005.  He worked as the Minister of State for Communities in 2008... Read more

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones is the First Minister of Wales and the third Labour politician to lead the Welsh Government. He became the Leader of the Welsh Labour Party in 2009. He attended the University of Wales and became a member of the Labour Party during the 1984 Miners’ Strike. He became a... Read more

Baroness Angela Smith

Angela Smith was a member of parliament between 1997 to 2010. She served as the Minister of State in the Cabinet Office in 2007. She was introduced to the House of Lords in 2010 following the Dissolution Honours List. In 2010, she became the Labour Spokeswoman for Energy and Climate Change... Read more

Clive Lewis MP

Clive Lewis became a member of parliament in 2015. He won the seat from the sitting Liberal Democrat Simon Wright. He attended the University of Bradford and worked as a TV Reporter for BBC News before joining the Labour Party. He describes himself as a ‘proud socialist’ and has been outspoken... Read more

Dawn Butler MP

Dawn Butler became member of the parliament in 2015 for Brent Central. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities by Jeremy Corbyn in 2016. Last August, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. Before starting to her work in the Labour Party, she worked as an adviser to... Read more

John McDonnell MP

  John McDonnell has been the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2015. He became a Member of Parliament in 1997. He obtained his Masters degree in Sociology and Politics from Birkbeck University and worked as a researcher and campaigner in various organisations. McDonnell attempted to stand for the leadership in... Read more

Chuka Umunna MP

Chuka Umunna became a member of parliament in 2010. Between 2011 and 2015 he served as the Shadow Business Secretary. After graduating from the University of Manchester, Mr Umunna worked as a solicitor and specialised in employment law. He started his political career as a commentary writer for Labour Party. His... Read more

Catherine McKinnell MP

  Catherine McKinnell became member of the parliament in 2010 as MP for Newcastle North, where she was born and raised.She attended The University of Edinburgh and then study Law at Northumbria University. She was successfully re-elected in 2015 and 2017. Currently, she is working as a member of the Treasury... Read more

Sharon Hodgson MP

Sharon Hodgson became a Member of the Parliament in 2005 for Gateshead East and Washington West, and is now MP for Washington and Sunderland West. She was born in Gateshead and attended the Newcastle College. She started her political as a volunteerat the Stockton-on-Tees branch of the Labour Party during the 1997... Read more

Jess Phillips MP

Jess Phillips MP was born in Yardley, England and is the MP for Birmingham, Yardley. She is currently sitting on the Women and Equalities Committee, Backbench Business Committee and Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion. She has in the past sat on the Backbench Business Committee, Backbench Business Committee and the... Read more

Toby Perkins MP

Toby Perkins has been the MP for Chesterfield since 2010 general election, gaining the seat from Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes. Upon the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party in 2015, Perkins was appointed as a Shadow Minister in the Shadow Defence Team. He was a prominent campaigner... Read more

Jim Dowd MP

James Dowd was an MP from 1992 to 2017, first for Lewisham West and from 2010 to 2017 for Lewisham West and Penge. He stood down at the 2017 general election. Read more

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

  Rebecca Long-Bailey was elected MP for Salford and Eccles in the 2015 general election.   She has been Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since February 2017. Read more

Nick Brown MP

Nick Brown is has been the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East since 1983. He has served as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister of State for Work and Pensions and Deputy Chief Whip. He has also served three separate terms as the Labour Party's Chief Whip, from 1997 to... Read more

Stephen Timms MP

  The Rt Hon Stephen Timms is MP for East Ham.He is also the Labour Party's Faith Envoy. He was the Shadow Minister for Employment from 2010 until September 2015 and currently sits on the Exiting the European Union Select Committee. Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 and held a number... Read more

Seema Malhotra MP

Seema Malhotra was first elected Labour and Co-Operative MP for Feltham and Heston in December 2011. Her most recent role has been as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. Seema recently served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and continues to keep an interest... Read more

Bill Esterson MP

Bill Esterson is the MP for Sefton Central, first elected in 2010. He has served on the following Select Committees - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Education, Community and Local Government, Treasury. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business in September 2015. He holds a joint degree in Mathematics and... Read more

Stephen Kinnock MP

  Stephen Kinnock is the Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon, having first been elected in 2015.Stephen served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, and is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industries, chairing the committee... Read more

Emily Thornberry MP

  Emily Thornberry has been the MP for Islington South and Finsbury since the 2005 general election.She served on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee from 2005 to 2010. Thornberry was re-elected in the 2010 general election, and appointed Shadow Attorney General in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, serving until... Read more

Angela Eagle MP

Angela Eagle has been the MP for Wallasey since 1992.Eagle was born in Yorkshire and studied PPE at Oxford University, before working for the CBI and then a trade union. Eagle served as the Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society from June 2009 until May 2010. She was... Read more

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party. Jeremy has been the MP for Islington North since 1983. Before that he was a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey and an official for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers and for the National Union of Public Employees.... Read more

Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper has been the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having served as the MP for Pontefract and Castleford from 1997. She served in the Cabinet between 2008-2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then as Secretary of State for Work and... Read more

Lord Peter Hain

Peter Hain was the MP for Neath between 1991 and 2015, and served in the Cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.He was the Leader of the House of Commons from 2003 to 2005 and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007 under Blair, and as Secretary of State for Work... Read more

Liz McInnes' Message

“SMEs are absolutely vital to our local economy in Heywood and Middleton, and to the British economy as a whole. As we face the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, it is crucial they are given the support and certainty necessary to thrive. The work that SME4Labour does it very important... Read more

Toby Perkins' Message

“SME4Labour has a crucial role in ensuring that Labour’s policies are informed by people with real experience in running and working in business. As a former SME owner myself, I have huge respect for those who are dedicating their time to SME4Labour, because they know that only under a Labour... Read more

David Drew's Message

"SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy. That’s true of Stroud as much as it is in the rest of the country. I work very closely with SMEs and I congratulate Labour’s initiative in this area."David Drew is MP for Stroud  Read more

Ian Lucas' Message

“I ran a small business and understand its challenges and rewards. As more people earn a living this way, it is essential Labour speaks to those people even more effectively.”Ian Lucas is the Member of Parliament for Wrexham Read more

Jim Fitzpatrick's Message

“Small and medium enterprises provide 60% of private sector jobs in the UK and are a vital part of local communities up and down the country - they need the support of the Government to thrive. “Labour is the party of SMEs. Given the changes the UK economy is about... Read more

Baroness Dianne Hayter's Message

"Given the potential impact of Brexit on SMEs, it is vital Labour hears direct from them about their hopes and fears so that our policy responses reflect their needs. SME4Labour is the channel for this dialogue, and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead."Baroness Hayter of... Read more

SME4Labour Model Motion for CLPs

Please consider taking our SME4Labour model motion to your CLP - "This Constituency Labour Party believes that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the British economy. Last year, SMEs made up 99.3% of all private sector businesses in the United Kingdom, employing over 15.7 million people with... Read more

Listen to Co-Chairman Dogus on General Elections 2017 and SMEs

Ibrahim Dogus, Co-Chairman of SME4Labour, commented on the reactions from small and medium businesses regarding the announcement of the General Election in June, 2017.  Listen to BBC Radio 5's 'Wake Up to Money' podcast here.      Read more

Nominations for the 2017 the Second Labour Excellence Awards are Open

We are delighted to announce that nominations for the Second Labour Excellence Awards are now open. If you admire a Shadow Cabinet Member or think that your local Labour MP, Cllr, GLA, Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly Member is deserving of a prestigious Labour Excellence Award nominate them. Why not celebrate the work of... Read more

Disaster for small business

This article was first published on Progress Online. 10 March 2017 The increase to national insurance contributions in this year’s budget is yet another Tory assault on small businesses and entrepreneurs, writes Ibrahim Dogus This week’s budget has proven to be the disaster for innovative, small businesses that many had feared.... Read more

Tory rate hikes are killing SMEs

  This article was first published on Progress Online. 27 February 2017 Philip Hammond’s devastating business rate hikes should put to bed the myth that the Tories are the party of small businesses, argues Ibrahim Dogus The news of catastrophic business rate hikes should put to bed once and for all... Read more

Only Labour can save SMEs

  This article was first published on Progress Online. 5 January 2017 Labour must defend small and medium-sized businesses from hikes in business rates, argues Ibrahim Dogus Small businesses in London are to be further burdened with a new hike in business rates. This is going to be a massive blow... Read more

Labour is the natural friend of small businesses but the uncertainty of Brexit demands the country do more for SMEs

  Ibrahim Dogus is Chair of SME4Labour This article was first published on Labourlist.org 6 March 2017 Labour has in the past been tacitly and even directly accused of being inherently anti-business. The party has been accused of being out of touch with the communities of modern Britain. Both suggestions are patently... Read more

IPSE and SME4Labour Dinner

  On the evening of Monday the 23rd of January, SME4Labour hosted a dinner for members of the Labour Party at the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).   Leading Executive SME4Labour members Ibrahim Dogus and Sonny Leong attended the... Read more

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