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 promptly will all help businesses start and grow. Our investment in infrastructure and growth are crucial to the success of businesses of all sizes. The next Labour government will put the economy first in negotiating Brexit and make sure we maintain membership of the single market and customs union during a transition period for as long as business economy needs. We want a deal which maximizes our access to our biggest market in the EU and minimizes disruption after that we leave. That includes guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens who make such a massive contribution to so many businesses in the UK. Business needs government to be its partner, along with our workforce. SMEs need a fair market and the chance to compete on an equal footing with larger businesses. The next Labour government will stand up for businesses, especially smaller businesses, which are at the heart of our communities and are the key to our future success.”

Bill Esterson is the MP for Sefton Central and Shadow Minister for Business and International Trade