"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.
“Small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the British economy, are an ever-growing cohort of constituents for every MP across Britain. Their needs are unique and varying depending on the nature and size of their business. Labour, the party of small and medium-sized businesses, is on their side."
“As Labour looks to reform the British economy, local businesses will play an even more important role. That is why the work of SME4Labour is vital in helping us engage with SMEs and learn how we can best help them grow.”
Jack Dromey is the MP for Birmingham, Erdington and is also Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.
“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.”
Ian Lucas is an MP for Wrexham.
“SME4Labour recognises the vital part SME’s play to our economy, both locally and nationally. I’m proud to be a supporter of SME4Labour which ensures that people who work within SME’s have a voice inside and outside the Labour Party.”
Sharon Hodgson is the MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health.
Rehana Ameer is the first Indian-born woman elected as a Councillor in the City of London Corporation’s 950 year history.Read more
Simon Lydiard is a former senior civil servant, with a 38 year career spanning several government departments and specialisms.Read more
Emma Barnes is the founder of handmade jewellery brand Wild Fawn Jewellery.Read more
Hamish Sandison chairs Labour Business. He is a consultant with the international law firm Fieldfisher, specialising in IT law, intellectual property and public procurement.Read more
Mark founded Newington Communications in 2006, and has overseen its growth into the dynamic and award winning consultancy that it is today.Read more
Philip was one of the founding members of the IPSE in 1999 and served on its first board as External Affairs Director.Read more
Simon is the Director of Policy at the The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).Read more
Hannah Reed is Senior Employment Rights Officer in the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC where she works on policy and campaigns on collective and individual rights.Read more
Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) since November 2006.Read more
Martin McTague is a graduate engineer and formed his first company in 1987.Read more
Tom Watson is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and MP for West Bromwich East.Read more
Sheikh Aliur Rahman is the Chief Executive of the London Tea Exchange, one of the leading rare and luxury tea merchants in Europe. Prior to joining the London Tea Exchange he worked for a leading investment companies in the City and has extensive senior management experience. He still acts as a senior advisor to a number of high profile clients on major developments across London. Aliur currently holds various advisory roles at a local, regional and national level and remains active in philanthropic activities. He has been prominent in representing investment companies in many of the leading emerging countries and has been involved in major projects in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.Read more
Duncan Enright has spent his career in the field of academic and professional publishing, and currently runs his own specialist knowledge firm called Evidence-based Networks providing knowledge services and leadership development, particularly digital transformation and use of decision support. He is leader of the Labour Group on West Oxfordshire District.Read more
Paul Dimoldenberg is Chairman of Quatro Public Relations who have offices in London, Sheffield and Cardiff and provide advice and consultancy on property, infrastructure planning and campaigns. Paul was first elected as a Westminster City Councillor in 1982 and was Leader of the Opposition for 14 years. He led the team that exposed the Westminster ‘Homes for Votes’ scandal. He is Labour’s Environment spokesperson on the City Council.Read more
Douglas J Henderson is Director of Ossian Services Limited, Partner of Harley Street Hearing and Director of North West Hearing. He was a Member for Parliament for Newcastle North between 1987 -2010, European Minister and Armed Forces Minister (1997- 1999) and Opposition spokesperson on Trade and Industry, Local Government, Deputy Shadow Leader of the House and Home Affairs spokesperson. Doug was Director of Falkirk Football Club (2013-2018) and Chairman (2015-2017). He was Chairman of Scottish Labour Party (1984) and he worked as a Research Officer at GMB (1973-1985). Doug was a Member of Council of Europe and Defence Committee Chairman of the Western European Union 2005-2011. He was also a Member of McDonalds Advisory Board (2004-2009).Read more
SME4Labour hosted a fundraising dinner for the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala at Troia Restaurant on Wednesday, 9th May 2018.
The lively dinner attended by many activists, Labour members of parliament and trade unions has raised £5000 which will go directly to supporting Durham Miners Gala (the Big Meeting).
Co-Chairman of SME4Labour Cllr Ibrahim Dogus and members of the Executive Board were joined by Chairman of Durham Miners’ Association Joseph Whitworth and Secretary of the Association Alan Cummings.Read more
Callum Anderson is an experienced public policy professional; he is currently a policy adviser at the Quoted Companies Alliance - an independent membership body championing the interests of small and mid-size quoted companies. He has also worked for an EU institution, specialising in financial services regulation, as well as in the not-for-profit campaigning on financial inclusion issues. Callum has been a Labour member for 10 years and is active in his local party in Ealing. He is also a governor at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College and Dormers Wells High School.Read more
Jose Joseph has been a trader in Surrey Street Market for nine years. He is an ethnic minority officer for Croydon Central Labour Party and he raises issues that small businesses face in Croydon.
Shahin Rahman is self-employed and has been a member of the Labour Party for over 15 years. He was a fundraising officer for the Hampstead and Kilburn CLP. Shahin is currently a membership secretary for West Hampstead branch. He is very outgoing and very active within the community.Read more
SME4Labour held a public forum on the Local Elections 2018 in Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament on Monday, 30th April 2018.
The keynote speakers were Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Business Bill Esterson MP, Thelma Walker MP for Colne Valley and Sonny Leong, Co-Chairman of SME4Labour.
The event was kindly hosted by Thelma Walker MP and chaired by Andrew Dismore, Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden. Attendees included small and medium business owners.Read more
Martyn Davis has been involved in education consultancy for fourteen years. Predominately, he works in the further and higher education sectors within the UK, and a number of charities developing education overseas. The majority of the work in the UK is involving quality improvement and working within the educational tribunal system. Overseas, developing educational projects within deprived areas. Martyn has been a member of the Labour Party most of his life and has campaigned in every general election since he was at school and university. Martyn has been a local Councillor and has been a parliamentary candidate. He believes that Labour has a massive role to play in developing a a fairer playing field for medium and small businesses.Read more
Simon Lydiard is a former senior civil servant, and was a government SME Champion. Since leaving the civil service, he has become a partner in a consultancy company, and led a review of small business procurement for the government. Simon has been awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Institute of Leadership & Management. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.Read more
Mark Glover is Chief Executive, Newington and Managing Director, SEC Group. Founder of Newington in 2006, Mark leads the award-winning, top ten, consultancy and sits on parent company SEC's Board. Newington has offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Chelmsford, SEC supplements this with offices across Europe and Latin America. A director of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and council member of the PRCA, Mark was as a Labour Councillor in Southwark 2002-14, including six years as Labour Group Chair. He is a published author and speaker on politics, public affairs and business. He was an expert witness on lobbying transparency in front of the Council of Europe and Welsh Assembly.
On Tuesday the 18th of April, SME4Labour held its Annual General Meeting in Committee Room 6 of the Houses of Parliament.Read more
Simon Lydiard, a former Senior Civil Servant, offers some thoughts on his experience in government and developing a distinctive Labour vision for government business with SMEs.Read more
Distinguished Members of Parliament, distinguished Members of the House of Lords, colleagues, friends. Thank you for joining us at this SME4Labour Parliamentary Reception.My name is Ibrahim Dogus, and I am the co-founder of SME4Labour. I am a small business owner. I am a community activist. I am a proud member of Vauxhall Constituency Labour Party. We are here to make a simple argument: that there is no contradiction between supporting small and medium enterprises – SMEs – and being an active supporter of the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn.Read more
On Monday the 5th of March 2018, SME4Labour held its 2nd annual parliamentary reception in the Jubilee Room of the Palace of Westminster. A selection of photos from the evening can be found here.
SME4Labour works to bring together small business owners and the self-employed with members of the party at all levels, and the room was packed with people from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the labour movement. This included many Labour councillors, peers and members of parliament, alongside a variety of entrepreneurs, trade unionists and community activists.Read more
SME4Labour is delighted to announce Carolyn Harris MP as Labour Campaign for Gambling Reform's (LCGR) inaugural chairwoman.
As those of you at the launch of the LCGR on 6th December 2017 undoubtedly attest, Carolyn is one of the most passionate and eloquent advocates on the need for gambling reform, as well as a range of interlinked issues. We are delighted to have her fully on board.
Launched by SME4Labour, LCGR seeks to bring together members of the Labour movement with campaign groups, experts, and community activists to lobby for progressive change in the gambling industry.
As a group dedicated to strengthening the work of the Labour Party among small businesses, SME4Labour is committed to countering the devastating effect gambling addiction has on local communities across the country.Read more
Interview with Jasvir Singh, Neena Gill MEP, Pirandeep Kaur Dhillon-Starkings from Sikhs for Labour - 2017
Interview with Bill Esterson MP and Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) - 2017
Rehana Ameer is the first Indian born woman elected as a Councillor in the City of London Corporation’s 950 years of history. She is the Councillor of Vintry Ward. She is also the first woman politician in the UK of Tamil Nadu origin. Rehana is an active member of the Labour party and a successful campaigner. She is the Founder and Director of an IT and Management Consulting firm in in Westminster, London. She possesses over 20 years of experience in IT and Management Consulting where she has led, managed and successfully delivered large multimillion pounds IT and business transformation projects for multinational companies worldwide. She also runs a food store in West London.
She is elected to the Board of Governors of East London NHS Foundation Trust, City of London School for Girls and Bridewell Royal Hospital. She is in the advisory council of UK Asian Business Council, UK Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and UK Women’s Network where she mentors Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Professionals. Rehana is currently working with her team on a Social Housing Project, which will help resolve the Social Housing and Homelessness crisis in England. The scheme is one of its kind using disruptive innovation, which could potentially house 1.1 million people on the Local Authority housing waiting list in England. She is also a Trustee at Asian Women’s Resource Centre a charity which supports over 3000 women every year who are affected by domestic violence and abuse. As a Labour business woman she campaigns on promoting Labour as a business friendly party and her interest also includes in promoting the City in overseas markets. Rehana holds an MBA in International Business and several global IT and Management certifications.Read more
Held at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in Piccadilly, the event was attended by over 400 guest. This included over 60 Labour MPs and peers, including several members of the shadow cabinet. They were joined by mayors, local councillors and other members of the Labour family, alongside trade union leaders and distinguished figures from the business community.Read more
Friends, thank you so much for coming tonight. It is wonderful to be with you. So – how has your 2017 been?! Quiet? Relaxed? Or have you, like me, been taking your social media feed intravenously for that constant hit of news?Read more
My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, Members of Parliament, distinguished representatives of the media, friends from the trade unions, and from businesses, fellow Labour supporters. Welcome to the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel, and to the SME4Labour Gala Dinner.Read more
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and SME4Labour has acted as a powerful advocate on their behalf since it was established two years ago. The support and advice it gives to the party is hugely valued by MPs and policymakers. Most people work in small and medium enterprises and the dialogue we have with SME4Labour is vital as we seek to build a strong economy that generates well-paid and secure jobs."Read more
"SME4Labour is a fine organisation which recognises the importance of small and medium sized businesses for the economic well being of our country."Read more
“SMEs are responsible for 60% of private sector jobs. Smaller businesses are often the source of the innovation and creativity which we need to unlock to boost our productivity and growth. Labour’s plans for a National Investment Bank, access to government contracts and making sure larger firms pay their suppliers promptly will all help businesses start and grow. Our investment in infrastructure and growth are crucial to the success of businesses of all sizes. The next Labour government will put the economy first in negotiating Brexit and make sure we maintain membership of the single market and customs union during a transition period for as long as business economy needs. We want a deal which maximizes our access to our biggest market in the EU and minimizes disruption after that we leave. That includes guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens who make such a massive contribution to so many businesses in the UK. Business needs government to be its partner, along with our workforce. SMEs need a fair market and the chance to compete on an equal footing with larger businesses. The next Labour government will stand up for businesses, especially smaller businesses, which are at the heart of our communities and are the key to our future success.”Read more
"SME4 Labour provides small businesses with a way to have their voices heard, which are too often drowned out by larger companies and corporations. I’d like to thank and congratulate my colleagues in the SME4 Labour team for their contribution to an economic policy that works for the many, not the few."Read more
“I wish to thank SME4Labour for the major contribution the group has made to developing and campaigning so successfully for Labour’s policies. SME4Labour has really made its’ mark on our political direction.”Read more
"Whilst small businesses contribute to job creation and economic activity locally, they rarely have the time or space to get involved in formulating public policy – SME4Labour can enable a two way flow of information and understanding ensuring that Labour policy takes account of the needs of this vital sector and that small business understands how it can support and put into effect Labour values at a local level."Read more
"Small and medium-sized businesses play an absolutely vital role in the development of the economy, but they need organisations that can speak out for them because they don't have the influence that larger companies can employ. SME4Labour plays a vital role in ensuring their voices are heard, both inside and outside of the Labour Party."Read more
21st November 2017 – SME4Labour held a roundtable discussion in Parliament about how the Labour Party can beat the Tories on business and re-establish itself as the party of - and for - small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners and workers. The session was kindly hosted by Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Minister for Labour. Shadow Secretary of State for Business Bill Esterson MP joined Mr. Dromey for the session. Rehana Ameer, councillor in the City of London and an SME owner, kindly chaired the event, and our panel of speakers featured Hamish Sandison, chair of Labour Business, Simon Lydiard, former civil servant, and Emma Barnes, owner of Wild Fawn jewellery.Read more
"SMEs are of vital importance to local communities and to the wider economy, not least in job creation. It is essential that SMEs have a Labour Party that listens and stands up for them. That is what we are doing as a party, and SME4Labour has played an important role in contributing towards the discussion around SME issues both inside and outside of parliament. I congratulate SME4Labour on another successful year in bringing together Labour figures with business to discuss the big issues."Read more
“SME4Labour provides a brilliant and worthwhile link between small businesses and the Labour Party. Small and medium-sized enterprises employ the vast majority of the working people we seek to represent, and the work SME4Labour does in advancing that cause is highly valued by us all.
"I’d like to congratulate the SME4Labour team on their outstanding work in hosting events the year round, and look forward to watching how they will continue to grow in the future.”Read more
"I would like to convey my support for the second SME4Labour gala. The gala and awards are important in recognising the key role that SMEs play in the economy and in driving growth. In my constituency SMEs are the lifeblood of the local economy, and raising awareness of SME issues within the Labour Party is an important mission."Read more
“SMEs are vital in growing a sustainable economy and SME4Labour pays a crucial role in that goal. Hearing what SME4Labour have to say on this is important in shaping Labour's economic position.”Read more
"From Kirkcaldy to Kelty and Cowdenbeath to Crosshill, SMEs are the backbone and heartbeat of the Scottish economy. In Scotland, SMEs account for 99.4% of all businesses, 55% of private sector employment and 40% of private sector turnover. It is for this reason that I am delighted to see so many SMEs come together in support of Labour. We are proud to be the party of SMEs and we will always act in their best interests."Read more
“Our small business sector is the power-house of the economy, contributing 47% of the UK’s income in the private sector and constituting over 99% of all businesses and the majority of private sector jobs. Small businesses are critical to boosting aggregate levels of productivity in the UK. For sustainable and healthy growth, we need to support and nurture our entrepreneurs and small businesses.Read more
“Small and medium enterprises make a huge contribution to our shared prosperity, and provide an important number of jobs in Leeds East. That’s why I’m pleased to support the fantastic work SME4Labour does working in partnership with these enterprises, trade unions and the Labour Party to develop Labour’s plan for growth and a fairer society.”Read more
Jack Dromey has been the MP for Birmingham Erdington since the 2010 general electionRead more
THE TAYLOR REVIEW AND ITS FALLOUT – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FLEXIBLE ECONOMY?
31st October 2017 – SME4Labour held a fascinating forum in Westminster on the Taylor Review into modern employment practices. 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. The event was kindly hosted by Bill Esterson MP (Sefton Central) and chaired by Philip Ross of Labour Business. Speaking at the event were Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington; Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE); Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer at the Trade Union Congress (TUC); and Mark Glover, founder and chief executive of communications consultancy firm Newington. Review author Matthew Taylor of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) joined us in the second half of the session to discuss his report and to address some of the criticisms that have been levelled against it.Read more
"Small businesses are the engine of our economy and the platform for our future growth. We need to invest in and nurture small businesses and encourage entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, if we are to build an economy that works for all."Read more
"Comprising over 99% of private sector businesses in the UK, small and medium enterprises are the backbone of the economy. I'm delighted that the Labour Party has such a close relationship with SMEs through SME4Labour. It is no secret that the Labour Party is the only party committed to a fair deal for working people and so this relationship is essential when 60% of all private sector employment in the UK is in small businesses.Read more
26th September 2017 - SME4Labour, in partnership with LabourList, hosted an event at Labour Party Conference in Brighton entitled 'Labour's links with SMEs: building a pro business reputation'. SME4Labour co-chair Ibrahim Dogus was joined by Stephen Kinnock MP, Bill Esterson MP, Lola McEvoy of the Living Wage Foundation, and Labour Business chair Hamish Sandison.Read more
6th September 2017 – SME4Labour sponsored a successful networking reception at Cucina Restaurant hosted by Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.Read more
19th July 2017 - SME4Labour held a roundtable discussion in the House of Commons on the role of SMEs in the British economy after Brexit. The event was chaired by Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), and featured keynote speakers Stephen Kinnock MP (Aberavon) and Martin McTague, National Policy Director of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
18th May 2017 - SME4Labour co-chair Ibrahim Dogus took part in the General Election Small Business Debate, organised by Enterprise Nation. The debate was lively and Ibrahim enjoyed sharing his perspectives with the other participants and hearing the questions and concerns of the audience.Read more
25th April 2017 - SME4Labour supported an evening of great food - and even better conversation - with our special guest speaker the Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP and host Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Business Minister.Read more
21st March 2017 - A night of fun, food and entertainment to help Tracy Brabin raise funds for her Labour Campaigns. Attendees enjoyed a meal, entertainment from rising comedy acts, a political quiz and an auction.Read more
Martin Howe is a founding member of Howe + Co and its senior partner. Martin has over 30 years’ experience working as a solicitor and specialising in social justice cases. Martin is an elected member of the Council of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and in 2012 was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Liberty as an Executive Member. He is a recipient of the Ross McWhirter Award for his campaigning work and twice has been a runner up for the Human Rights Practitioner of the Year Award. Furthermore, as a member of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Martin won the prestigious Human Rights Award from Justice and Liberty in 2009.Read more