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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Rehana Ameer

Rehana Ameer is the first Indian-born woman elected as a Councillor in the City of London Corporation’s 950 year history. She is a Councillor for Vintry Ward. She is also the first woman politician in the UK of Tamil Nadu origin. Rehana is the founder and Director of Prosap Corporation Limited in London. She possesses... Read more

Simon Lydiard

Simon Lydiard is a former senior civil servant, with a 38 year career spanning several government departments and specialisms.He joined the civil service at the most junior grade and worked his way up, attaining senior civil service rank eight years before he left. Having started as a general administrator, Simon worked... Read more

Emma Barnes

Emma Barnes is the founder of handmade jewellery brand Wild Fawn Jewellery. Emma set up Wild Fawn in January 2015 whilst working full time as a statistician in the Department of Education. 10 months later, Emma left the Department to work on Wild Fawn Jewellery full time and has been working on... Read more

Hamish Sanderson

Hamish Sandison chairs Labour Business. He is a consultant with the international law firm Fieldfisher, specialising in IT law, intellectual property and public procurement. He is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and as a US attorney. Hamish has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Labour Business... Read more

Mark Glover

Mark founded Newington Communications in 2006, and has overseen its growth into the dynamic and award winning consultancy that it is today. He splits his time between Newington’s London and Edinburgh offices – offering strategic counsel to board directors across a range of sectors at a local, devolved and national government... Read more

Philip Ross

Philip was one of the founding members of the IPSE in 1999 and served on its first board as External Affairs Director.He undertook the role of lobbying government and helping to deal with the media. Later, on IPSE's behalf, he joined the Home Office’s skills panel and helped to successfully... Read more

Simon McVicker

Simon is the Director of Policy at the The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).Simon has led IPSE's Department of Policy and Public Affairs for four years, during which time he has strengthened the organisation's links with politicians and other key influencers. He has more than 25 years'... Read more

Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is Senior Employment Rights Officer in the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC where she works on policy and campaigns on collective and individual rights.Recent policy areas have included insecure work and co-ordinating TUC submissions to the Taylor Review of Employment Practices and the BEIS Committee Inquiry into the Future... Read more

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) since November 2006.During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding - and has developed a global profile... Read more

Martin McTague

Martin McTague is a graduate engineer and formed his first company in 1987. Since then he has owned and managed several businesses focused on developing new technology and exploiting market opportunities in the Far East and USA. He has been a member of the FSB for 19 years and in that time... Read more

Tom Watson MP

Tom Watson is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and MP for West Bromwich East. Tom worked in the trade union movement until 2001, when he was elected Labour MP for West Bromwich East. Tom served as a Minister for Tony Blair and worked at the heart of Downing Street with Gordon Brown. He was elected as... Read more

Aliur Rahman

Sheikh Aliur Rahman is the Chief Executive of the London Tea Exchange, one of the leading rare and luxury tea merchants in Europe. Prior to joining the London Tea Exchange he worked for a leading investment companies in the City and has extensive senior management experience. He still acts as... Read more

Guy Nicholson

Guy Nicholson is Chair of Newable Group Ltd a leading provider of responsible finance that invests, lends, advises and provides work spaces for smaller businesses at the heart of the UK economy. Guy was Chairman of the City Fringe Partnership, a ground-breaking public and private sector alliance between City Hall,... Read more

Duncan Enright

Duncan Enright has spent his career in the field of academic and professional publishing, and currently runs his own specialist knowledge firm called Evidence-based Networks providing knowledge services and leadership development, particularly digital transformation and use of decision support. He is leader of the Labour Group on West Oxfordshire District.... Read more

Paul Dimoldenberg

Paul Dimoldenberg is Chairman of Quatro Public Relations who have offices in London, Sheffield and Cardiff and provide advice and consultancy on property, infrastructure planning and campaigns. Paul was first elected as a Westminster City Councillor in 1982 and was Leader of the Opposition for 14 years. He led the... Read more

Douglas J Henderson

Douglas J Henderson is Director of Ossian Services Limited, Partner of Harley Street Hearing and Director of North West Hearing. He was a Member for Parliament for Newcastle North between 1987 -2010, European Minister and Armed Forces Minister (1997- 1999) and Opposition spokesperson on Trade and Industry, Local Government, Deputy Shadow Leader of... Read more

Friends of Durham Miners' Gala Fundraising Dinner

SME4Labour hosted a fundraising dinner for the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala at Troia Restaurant on Wednesday, 9th May 2018. The lively dinner attended by many activists, Labour members of parliament and trade unions has raised £5000 which will go directly to supporting Durham Miners Gala (the Big Meeting). Co-Chairman of... Read more

Ali Gul Ozbek

Ali Gul Ozbek owns a small business and was Haringey's first Kurdish Alevi decent Mayor in 2016-2017. He was a Councillor between 2014 and 2018. He is an active member of the Labour Party.  Read more

Callum Anderson

Callum Anderson is an experienced public policy professional; he is currently a policy adviser at the Quoted Companies Alliance - an independent membership body championing the interests of small and mid-size quoted companies. He has also worked for an EU institution, specialising in financial services regulation, as well as in... Read more

Jose Joseph

Jose Joseph has been a trader in Surrey Street Market for nine years. He is an ethnic minority officer for Croydon Central Labour Party and he raises issues that small businesses face in Croydon.    Read more

Shahin Rahman

Shahin Rahman is self-employed and has been a member of the Labour Party for over 15 years. He was a fundraising officer for the Hampstead and Kilburn CLP. Shahin is currently a membership secretary for West Hampstead branch. He is very outgoing and very active within the community. Read more

Local Elections 2018 and SMEs

SME4Labour held a public forum on the Local Elections 2018 in Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament on Monday, 30th April 2018. The keynote speakers were Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Business Bill Esterson MP, Thelma Walker MP for Colne Valley and Sonny... Read more

Martyn Davis

Martyn Davis has been involved in education consultancy for fourteen years. Predominately, he works in the further and higher education sectors within the UK, and a number of charities developing education overseas. The majority of the work in the UK is involving quality improvement and working within the educational tribunal... Read more

Simon Lydiard MA FRSA

Simon Lydiard is a former senior civil servant, and was a government SME Champion. Since leaving the civil service, he has become a partner in a consultancy company, and led a review of small business procurement for the government. Simon has been awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Procurement... Read more

Mark Glover

Mark Glover is Chief Executive, Newington and Managing Director, SEC Group. Founder of Newington in 2006, Mark leads the award-winning, top ten, consultancy and sits on parent company SEC's Board. Newington has offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Chelmsford, SEC supplements this with offices across Europe and Latin America.... Read more

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

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