Endorsements

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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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.”

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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 strengthen those relationships.”

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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 forefront of business innovation.

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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.

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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.

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