SME4Labour, in partnership with LabourList, is pleased to invite you to a special event at Labour Party Conference on Labour’s links with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The fringe meeting will look at how the party can rebuild a pro-business reputation, with thoughts from Stephen Kinnock MP, Bill Esterson MP, Lola McEvoy of the Living Wage Foundation, and SME4Labour co-chair Ibrahim Dogus.
The event will be held at 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday 26th September in room GB1 of the Grand Hotel (97-99 King's Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FW).
SMEs are the backbone of the British economy employing over 15.7 million people with an estimated combined annual turnover of £1.8 trillion, accounting for nearly half of total private sector turnover.
However, with Brexit uncertainty and sluggish growth, SMEs face serious challenges – challenges that are not being met by the Conservative government.
At the General Election Labour had a different offer for SMEs, with regional development banks at the heart of a plan to rejuvenate the economy and boost lending to SMEs. Labour also promised to declare war on late payments, which afflict many SMEs in the UK severely.
Now Labour has a brilliant opportunity to further develop and improve upon these excellent policies as well as challenging negative perceptions. At this special fringe event, our speakers will examine how we do so and cement Labour as the party of - and for - SMEs.
Stephen Kinnock is the Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon, having been elected in 2015. Stephen served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, and is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industries, chairing the committee responsible for the recent Steel 2020 industrial strategy report. Previously, Stephen was the Director and Head of Europe and Central Asia at the World Economic Forum, having worked for the British Council for more than 12 years where he held senior UK and international positions in Russia, Sierra Leone and across Europe. In 2012 he took up a position at Xyntéo in London, an advisory company that helps global businesses go beyond the green basics and reinvent the way they grow.
Bill Esterson is the Labour MP for Sefton Central, first elected in 2010. He has served on the Select Committees for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Education, Community and Local Government and the Treasury. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Small Business in September 2015. Prior to being an MP, Bill ran a small business for 15 years.
Lola McEvoy is the Campaigns and Communications Manager at the Living Wage Foundation. She joined the organisation in June 2016 and has a background in managing high profile campaigns. Lola has a passion for employee's rights and issues affecting women in the workplace. She stood for Labour in Penrith and the Border at this year's General Election.
Ibrahim Dogus is an active Labour Party member and activist who stood in the Cities of London and Westminster at the 2017 General Election. His is the founder and director of the Centre for Turkey Studies, the British Kebab Awards and the Centre for Kurdish Progress, and co-chair of SME4Labour. Ibrahim runs several successful small businesses in Central London, including the restaurants Troia, Westminster Kitchen and Cucina.
THE TAYLOR REVIEW AND ITS FALLOUT – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FLEXIBLE ECONOMY?
Commissioned and endorsed by the Prime Minister, in July Matthew Taylor published his far-ranging review into modern work. Covering everything from zero-hours contracts to reforming employment law, the report has provoked significant debate.
This session will consider whether the review strikes the right balance between protecting vulnerable workers and maintaining flexibility in the labour market. It will also analyse the implications for the gig economy, as well as the likelihood of the Conservative government actually implementing Taylor’s recommendations. There will also be a discussion about where Labour be positioning itself on the issue.
The session will be chaired by Philip Ross of Labour Business and kindly hosted by Bill Esterson MP in the House of Commons. They will be joined by other keynote speakers Jack Dromey MP, TUC senior policy officer for employment rights Hannah Reed, Tom Blenkinsop of the Community Union, SME4Labour executive committee member Martin Howe, and Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs of IPSE. Matthew Taylor himself will join us later on in the evening for closing remarks.
We are delighted to announce that the second SME4Labour Gala and Labour Excellence Awards will be held on Monday 18th December at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel.
The event will take place as follows:
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner & Awards
19:00 – 23:00
Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel
Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX
Dress Code: Lounge Suit or Cocktail Dress
To RSVP including early bird tickets please see below
Last year, SME4Labour held a successful first gala and Labour Excellence Awards Ceremony. Those in attendance included the Labour Leader Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, who made a fantastic speech about the importance of SMEs to communities, as well as inaugural awards winners such as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and Yvette Cooper MP. For a full list of winners from last year’s ceremony and highlights from the event, please click here.
See our promotional video from 2016.
At this year’s gala and awards, we will once again be joined by an array of Labour MPs, Lords, Councillors, grandees and more, as well as SME owners and trade unionists.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Early bird tickets are available until 18th September 2017. Please note tickets can be refunded 7 days prior to the event.
If you are unable to purchase a ticket but wish to support our work, please consider making a donation to SME4Labour.
To celebrate the achievements of our party friends and colleagues, you can make your nominations for this year’s awards ceremony by emailing us via email@example.com us with your nomination, name, contact details and a reason why you think your nominee qualifies them for an award.
This year’s categories are:
Labour MP of the Year
Shadow Cabinet member of the Year
Trade Union of the Year
Labour Councillor of the Year
Labour MSP of the Year
Labour Council of the Year
Labour Welsh Assembly of the Year
Labour CLP of the Year
Labour MEP of the Year
Labour elected Mayor of the Year
Labour PPC of the Year
Labour Parliamentary assistant of the Year
Socialist society of the Year
Friends group of the Year
Labour Peer of the Year
Labour London Assembly Member of the year
SME4Labour seeks to strengthen relations between small, medium, micro, and family run businesses with the Labour Party. Our second gala presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes of SMEs, and to discuss ways to move forward with our aims. We hope you can join us for this exciting highlight of Labour’s end-of-year calendar.
Please note tickets can be refunded up to 7 days prior to the event.