Small businesses are vitally important part of our communities, and Labour administrations at every level are committed to working with small businesses and supporting them to grow. SME4Labour does a fantastic job championing local businesses up and down the country, and is a strong voice for small business in the Labour movement.
Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Central
''SMEs for Labour is a powerful voice both inside and outside Parliament championing the needs of small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and play an essential role in local communities in promoting cohesion and driving local economic growth. I am proud to support SMEs for Labour, and their work in helping shape Labour’s policy for business and the economy.''
Seema Malhotra is the MP for Feltham and Heston and a member of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee.
“SME4Labour does a wonderful job in recognising the importance of small, micro and family run businesses in our economy and in strengthening the links between these businesses and the Labour Party and the wider Labour movement. It is an excellent organisation”
'SME4Labour does important work developing and supporting Labour’s commitment to small businesses. If we are to ensure Labour’s deep commitment to public service investment this starts with the support for our small businesses and entrepreneurs. SME4Labour makes a brilliant case for Labour as the true friends of SME’s; pro-business, pro-worker.’
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our towns and communities, and Labour is committed to developing and implementing policies which support them and help them to grow. SME4Labour provides a vital link to help us work together with small businesses to this end.”
“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."