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

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

Impact of Brexit on SMEs

  SME4labour organised a roundtable meeting involving MPs Chuka Umunna and Bill Esterson, attended by an audience of small and medium business owners. It was hosted in Committee Room 19 at the House of Commons and kindly chaired by Ibrahim Dogus.   Chuka Umunna opened by firmly restating Labour’s commitment... Read more

Baroness Margaret Prosser

"The majority of workers in the UK are employed in small and medium sized enterprises. It is therefore very heartening that so many are signing up to the values of the Labour Party, encompassing as they do the issues of employment rights and fairness in the workplace. Our country needs... Read more

Lord Stone of Blackheath (a Former MD of M&S)

"Today people are aware that businesses can be greedy and selfish – particularly big ones but there is a growing appetite for ‘Social Enterprises’ as opposed to ‘for-profit businesses’. In my view – in particular with SMEs – there should be no difference a great business – that makes a... Read more

Standing Order Mandate

If you would like to set up a standing order please click the link below to fill in the form and email us at info@sme4labour.org  SME4Labour Membership Application Form and Standing Order Mandate Read more

First Annual SME4Labour Gala and Labour Excellence Awards

  SME4Labour was delighted to host its first annual gala on Monday 19 December. SME4Labour is a friends group of the Labour Party that works to strengthen the relationship between the party and small businesses, which are the backbone of the British economy and local communities. The event was attended... Read more

The next generation of enterpreneurs

Stephen Timms hosted a roundtable discussion on how the Labour Party can create and win the support of the next generation of entrepreneurs.The event was chaired by Martin Howe of the Executive Committee for SME 4 Labour with keynote speakers Stephen Timms MP for East Ham and Bill Esterson MP for... Read more

Meeting between Emily Thornberry and SME owners

  SME4labour organised a meeting in Islington between SME owners and Emily Thornberry MP. There were SME owners from various backgrounds who raised their concerns and other issues while also advocating for the Labour Party to become the natural home of small businesses, and that it should do more to... Read more

Sadiq Khan Fundraiser

  The most recent event held by SME 4 Labour was a fundraising dinner in support of Sadiq Khan, Labour candidate for London Mayor. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a raffle and auction which included some excellent prizes. The Mayoral elections could not have come at a more... Read more

Networking reception in Parliament

  November 2015 saw the first networking reception for SME 4 Labour which led to the widely anticipated official launch in Parliament the following January. Hosted by Bill Esterson MP (and Shadow Minister for small businesses), the event was well attended by 50 MPs and Councillors. with the queue reaching... Read more

Book launch with Peter Hain: "Back to the future of socialism"

  SME 4 Labour along with Stephen Kinnock MP held a discussion with Rt Hon Lord Hain about life in British politics and the success of Lord Hain’s book Back to the Future of Socialism.  The book highlights what the future holds for the Labour Party and its members – putting... Read more

Yvette Cooper Rally September 2015

September 2015 saw the start of SME 4 Labour with the organisation’s hosting Yvette Cooper’s final phase of her Labour leadership campaign. MPs, volunteers and business owning  non-party members gathered in North London for a fundraising dinner to show their support. The fundraising dinner enabled Yvette to speak out on... Read more

Supporting a fundraising dinner with Carwyn Jones

SME4Labour has actively engaged with CLP’s and groups supporting the Labour cause throughout the year. As part of our work to support our friends from across the country, we have supported a fundraising dinner with Carwyn Jones. Tim Roache of GMB and many other colleagues were also present at the... Read more

Angela Eagle MP

“The dynamism of small and medium sized businesses is critical to the success of the UK economy. Representing over 99% of UK businesses, they provide 60% of private sector jobs and account for almost 50% of all private sector turnover.  “I would like to congratulate SME 4 Labour on the... Read more

Bill Esterson MP

"There are 5 million businesses who employ fewer than 10 people in this country. these are the backbone of our country and at the heart of our economy and community and we want them them to do well. The work of SME 4 Labour means that these small business owners... Read more

Chi Onwurah MP

“SMEs are vital to our economy, making up 99.2% of all private sector businesses in the U.K. and employing 14.4 million people. With such a large portion of the population being connected to SMEs, it is essential that the needs of SMEs are met in Parliament.“The Labour party has long... Read more

Chuka Umunna MP

“The UK’s small business are the backbone of the economy and the beating heart of our communities. SME 4 Labour provides a vital forum through which Labour can work in partnership with SMEs, trade unions and workers to build effective policy and stronger relationships with the business community.”Chuka Umunna is the... Read more

Dan Jarvis MP

“99% of the businesses in our country are small and medium-sized enterprises. Our economy depends on the success of these businesses. It is incredibly important that Labour, the party of work, has a strong relationship with small business and the work of SME 4 Labour is vital to foster and... Read more

Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP

“Small and Medium Enterprises are critically important for the strength and development of the British economy, and I am delighted to give my support to SME 4 Labour as a crucial bridge between business communities and the Labour Party. SMEs provide a great deal of employment and are at the... Read more

Geraint Davies MP

“It is essential that the Labour Party is a strong voice for SMEs across Britain as they contribute to the essential foundation on which our economic success relies. Over 14 million people working day in day out in our SMEs to keep Britain on track on a road towards prosperity.At... Read more

Iain McNicol

“Small and medium-sized enterprises play a vital role in our economy. As Labour set’s out our policy platform ahead of the next election we will make sure small and medium-sized enterprises, micro businesses, start-ups and the self-employed are at the heart of our economy and business policies."SMEs represent enterprise, innovation... Read more

Rt Hon John McDonnell

“SME 4 Labour provides the Labour Party with a direct link to many small and medium enterprises, helping us to develop the policies needed to support this key sector of our economy. Thanks to the work of SME 4 Labour our party has a full appreciation of the immense contribution... Read more

Jon Cruddas MP

“I am incredibly impressed with the work of SME 4 labour. Its objective is to strengthen relations between small and  medium enterprises and self-employed businesses and the Labour Party. It is vital work in the task at hand to rebuild labour and I very much look forward to working with... Read more

Jonathan Ashworth MP

“Small and Medium Enterprises are the lifeblood of the British economy. In my own constituency of Leicester South, and across the country, they are the corner shops that we rely on, and the start-ups that drive us forward. The work that SME 4 Labour does is vital."It’s only by reaching... Read more

Jonathan Reynolds MP

SMEs represent the entrepreneurial spirit of Britain at its best, making a vital contribution to the UK. As Britain looks to a future outside of the European Union, the role of our home-grown businesses will become ever more important in supporting long-term prospects for growth, job creation and innovation in... Read more

Lord Harrison

“Labour is now the Party championing small businesses. The Tories have neglected the problems of small firms, like sources of funding, over-regulation and late payment on commercial debt. It is time for Labour to take over and give hope to struggling small businesses!”Lord Harrison was made a life peer in... Read more

Lord Kinnock

“SMEs are obviously vital to the wellbeing of the economy and the communities which they serve. With post-Brexit uncertainty and the pressures that currency instability impose, it is more essential than ever for SME4Labour to be active in efforts to ensure that its Labour supporters inside and outside  Parliament and... Read more

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

“Having made the transition from political high office to the commercial sector, and now serving on the Boards of small and medium sized companies, I can vouch for their importance and their essential role in the UK economy. No political party can ignore the health and prosperity of this crucial... Read more

Lord Triesman

“No government with a modern economy can avoid forming a deep strategic understanding of SMEs. In part it is because they often create the innovations and employment opportunities on which we depend, in part as indispensable links in the supply chains of top tier production. So we had best give... Read more

Martin Howe

“In the brave new world where we face a  soft or hard Brexit, where the US President elect is unpredictable and where future trading markets are unclear, there is a critical need for SMEs to have a strong voice in the thinking and policies of the Labour Party. Businesses are... Read more

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

“The formation of this group within the Labour Party is a very important step and I look forward to working with you. SME 4 Labour is an important way in which we can ensure good employment practices and growth in the small and medium business sector."I am grateful to SME... Read more

Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

“From the hairdressers, restaurants and corner shops which are part of our everyday lives to the exciting new tech start-ups and small online microbusinesses SMEs are the backbone of the British economy. If Labour are to win power again we have to have the support of those who work in... Read more

Seema Malhotra MP

“I would like to congratulate SME 4 Labour for all the amazing work that they do in championing small businesses in the Labour Party. SMEs play a vital role in local communities in promoting cohesion and also strongly support the economy."SME 4 Labour provides a powerful voice for business in... Read more

Sonny Leong CBE

Why do we need SME4Labour? 99.9% of private sector businesses are SMEs, employing an estimated 15.7 million people, which is well over half the private sector workforce. It accounts for nearly half of private sector turnover at £1.8 trillion (2016). SMEs are not only the source of a lot of... Read more

Stephen Kinnock MP

“SMEs are the backbone of the backbone of our economy: employing around half the private sector workforce, making up 99% of British businesses, and accounting for over a third of our national turnover.Small business-owners and their staff know the value of hard work as much as anyone else and Labour... Read more

Tom Watson MP

“SME 4 Labour is a vital component of the conversation that the Labour Party will have with voters between now and the 2020 election. More than five million small and medium enterprises in Britain employ over 15 million people, and are the productive frontier of our future economy.Clear, strong and... Read more

Make your nominations for the Labour Excellence Awards

--- NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED --- Our first annual gala will see the launch of the Labour Excellence Awards, which will recognise the impact of Labour members at the local and national level. We are accepting nominations for awards, to be decided by a panel of judges appointed by SME4Labour,... Read more

Small businesses are engines of social justice and employment

To many of us, it surely seems right now that the world is changing in unexpected, and sometimes scary, ways.  Work is changing and so is the labour market. More and more people are self-employed. If we want to create a fair and just world, with jobs for all, we... Read more

It’s time to make sure that Labour represents small business

This month saw the official launch of SME4Labour – the new organisation building links between the Labour Party and small and medium-sized enterprises, micro businesses, start-ups and the self-employed.Formed by a group of small business owners, freelancers and people with an active policy interest in SMEs, we were delighted last... Read more

Why we have set up SME4Labour

If Labour is to make inroads in the coming years, we must reinforce Labour’s position as the obvious party for those of us who are self-employed, own and run small and medium-sized businesses.There is no doubt that British businesses, both large and small, are vital to the future success of our country.... Read more

In parliament

It’s during plenary sessions that committees and political groups present the results of their work. It is also where the MEPs, the only EU representatives directly elected by citizens of the 28 Member States, participate in decision making. There are 12 plenary sessions per year held in Strasbourg and each session lasts... Read more

TUC ‘No to Austerity’ march

On Sunday 4th October I joined over 60,000 Trade Unionists and supporters to march through the streets of Manchester to say no to austerity and yes to workers’ rights.The atmosphere was exhilarating with thousands of people carrying placards and banners, peacefully showing their opposition to this Tory Government and their cuts... Read more

Refugee crisis is test for Balkan stability

Labour MEP Afzal Khan has completed a three day visit to Serbia and Kosovo, as part of an official Delegation of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET).He has met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, as well as Kosovo President Afitete Jahjaga. Meetings were also held with Ministers in charge... Read more

15.2 million people employed by SME’s

If Labour is to make inroads in the coming years, we must reinforce Labour’s position as the obvious party for those of us who are self –employed, own and run small and medium sized businesses.There is no doubt that the British businesses, both large and small, are vital to the future success... Read more

Pakistan Parade 2015

It was great to attend this year’s Pakistan Parade as hundreds of people, dressed in green to commemorate the Pakistani flag, walked through Manchester’s Asian hub, the curry mile.With lively entertainment, music and singing, the Parade was a joyous way to mark Pakistan’s Independence as well as the culture and achievements of... Read more

Cheadle & Hazel Grove Fundraiser

Afzal Khan MEP with Cheadle CLP Chair, Yvonne Guariento (right) and Kath Priestly   I was delighted to be invited by Cheadle and Hazel Grove CLPs to speak at their fundraiser on Friday 18th September.  The evening was both entertaining and informative as we enjoyed a quizz, a raffle and... Read more

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