“SME4Labour has made a major contribution to developing and campaigning so successfully for Labour’s policies. Our small business sector is the power-house of the economy, contributing nearly half of the UK’s income in the private sector. Small businesses are critical to boosting productivity levels so for sustainable growth, we need to support our entrepreneurs and small businesses.
“Late payments by large companies to their suppliers has a direct impact on SME’s productivity and sometimes on their viability. That’s why I have worked closely with SMEs in my campaign Be Fair – Pay on Time to tackle the scourge of late payments. Our manifesto last year “declared war on late payments” and promised to both use government procurement to ensure that anyone bidding for a government contract pays its own suppliers within 30 days and develop a version of the Australian system of binding arbitration and fines for persistent late-payers for the private and public sectors. I am also keen to see ‘Project Bank Accounts’ established for public sector contracts which will protect small businesses should the prime contractor go bust.”
“Our Shadow Treasury work on sustainability and the radical transformations required to decarbonise, have shown quite clearly the key role small businesses will play in this process. Agile, adaptable, innovative - they are perfectly placed to capitalise on the economic opportunities these critically important changes to our economy will require. Whether utilising the ‘Preston model’ of harnessing local services and businesses, or the use of our National Investment Bank to support innovation and jobs, Labour is putting small business at the front and centre of its economic approach.”
"On the eve of the UK’s planned departure from the UK, with all the risks that poses to small business, we need more than ever to hear their voices in the Labour Party. We have pledged to seek to prevent any Brexit which harms the economy, and in particular anything that harms small and medium size businesses – the lifeblood of our economy."
“The impact and importance of SMEs cannot be overstated. In my constituency of Ealing, Southall and up and down the country they drive the High Street and the economy. Small and medium businesses are run by our friends and families, are their livelihoods and put food on the tables of millions. Employment is driven by the success of these smaller businesses, and I am delighted that for the third year in a row SME 4 Labour are demonstrating how much the Labour Party cares. We need to know what you want, and what we can do to help. Good luck to all the entrants to the awards and have a truly wonderful evening.”
"As a former small business owner myself I know the commitment, bravery and passion required to set up and run a business. That’s why Labour must listen to the business community and create an environment that supports them to survive and thrive. SME4Labour do a crucial job facilitating that and they’ll always have my support."
"Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and often play a leading role in our local communities.
I'm proud to stand up for SMEs in my constituency and I'm delighted to be able to support the brilliant work that SME4Labour are doing to connect our party with the hopes, needs and aspirations of so many working people across our country."
Ruth Smeeth is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent-North and a member of the Defence Committee.
''I’m pleased to support the fantastic work that SME4Labour does to further strengthen relationships between the Labour Party and SMEs.
99% of businesses in my constituency are SMEs. They are the backbone of our economy. Labour has a clear vision for a productive and successful economy and our smaller businesses and support for them is part of that vision.
SME4Labour is doing a brilliant job supporting engagement and dialogue and promoting how it is Labour’s plans that make the most sense for SMEs.''
Thelma Walker is the MP for Colne Valley.
“Small businesses are at the core of our communities and are the driving force behind our economy. There were 5.7 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK in 2017, accounting for over 99% of all businesses. I am delighted that SMEs are thriving in my constituency – in Walsall South, there was an impressive 7.5% increase in the number of VAT and/or PAYE registered enterprises in 2017 from the previous year. I would like to thank SME4Labour for its invaluable support to the Party and for providing a vital platform for SMEs to have their voices heard. Businesses are better off under Labour and SME4Labour’s important contribution will help to ensure that we build an economy that is fair for all in Britain.”
Valerie Vaz is the MP for Walsall South and is also Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.
“Small and medium sized businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. It is hugely important that they have a voice in policy development. SME4Labour provide that voice in our party and I commend their work in ensuring that the needs of SMEs across Britain are reflected in our debates and decision making.”
Sarah Champion is the MP for Rotherham.
"Small and medium-sized businesses play an absolutely vital role in the development of the economy. In local communities they are the lifeblood of job creation. SME’s represent 60% of all private sector employment, and 51% of all private sector turnover in the UK, so it is vital that the Labour Party listens and supports them. SME4Labour has done terrific work in standing up for SMEs inside and outside parliament.”
Eleanor Smith is the MP for Wolverhampton South West.