Endorsements

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 Government will small firms get the support to succeed and thrive.”

Toby Perkins MP - Member of Parliament for Chesterfield

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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."

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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.”

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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 to go through, we must ensure they’re fully equipped and ready for the years ahead. Listening to groups like SME4Labour is now more important than ever."

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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."

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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 successful businesses and with the right regulatory framework from a Labour Government and the right values in business we can all be successful together."

 

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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 profit to grow itself and reward those who created it and work in it should be a ‘social enterprise’ i.e. society should benefit inclusively. Its customers, staff, suppliers, shareholders, the community and the ecology should share in its success. If that were so, it is certain to grow…"

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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.

 

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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 know that we are on their side in the fight for fairness and decent opportunity."

 

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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.

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