Held at the River Bank Park Plaza hotel in Lambeth, the event was attended by over 400 guests. This included over 60 Labour MPs and peers, including several members of the shadow cabinet. They were joined by assembly members, mayors, local councillors and other members of the Labour family, alongside trade union leaders and distinguished figures from the business community.
The evening’s keynote speeches were delivered by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Speeches were also given by General Secretary Jennie Formby, Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP, and Shadow Minister for Small Businesses Bill Esterson MP who presented awards, and by Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler MP, Baronness Shami Chakrabarti and Lord Adonis, who received award the Shadow Cabinet Member of the Year and Peer of the Year awards. The evening was hosted by comedian, broadcaster, and political commentator, Ayesha Hazarika. Entertainment was provided by musician Paul Stanworth, his band and Julia Othmer.
Speaking at the awards, Ibrahim Dogus, Co-Chairman of SME4Labour, highlighted the strengths of current Labour SME policies and called for the next Labour manifesto to go even further. Discussing prospects for SMEs in the context of Brexit and fast-moving geopolitics, Mr Dogus stresses that “it is vital that the voice of small and medium enterprise is not lost amidst all the noise” and reaffirmed the joint interests of Labour and small businesses, in generating local jobs and providing the glue which holds communities together.
Many speech makers commented on how encouraging it was to see women so well represented at the awards. In his speech, Sonny Leong, Co-Chairman of SME4Labour, highlighted the importance of shattering glass ceilings for women, saying “If women started businesses at the same rate as men, there’d be one million more entrepreneurs in the UK.”
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LABOUR EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018
Trade Union of the Year Award
Fire Brigades Union - WINNER
Communication Workers Union
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers
Outstanding Contribution Award
Fabian Women’s Network
Labour Council of the Year Award
Manchester City Council - WINNER
Liverpool City Council
Socialist Society of the Year Award
Disability Labour - WINNER
Shadow Cabinet Member of the Year Award
Diane Abbott MP
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP
John Healey MP
Dawn Butler MP - WINNER
MP of the Year Award
Alison McGovern MP - WINNER
Tulip Siddiq MP
Dan Carden MP
David Lammy MP
Ruth Cadbury MP
Labour Peer of the Year Award
Baroness Shami Chakrabarti - WINNER
Lord Maurice Glasman
Lord Michael Cashman
Lord Andrew Adonis – WINNER
Elected Mayor of the Year Award
Philip Glanville (Hackney)
Damien Egan (Lewisham)
Rokhsana Fiaz (Newham) - WINNER
Constituency Labour Party of the Year Award
Liverpool Walton - WINNER
MEP of the Year Award
Seb Dance - WINNER
Richard Corbett - WINNER
MSP of the Year Award
Neil Findlay - WINNER
London Assembly Member of the Year Award
Unmesh Desai AM
Florence Eshalomi AM
Leonie Cooper AM
Joanne McCartney AM - WINNER
Dr Onkar Sahota AM
Labour Councillor of the Year Award
Cllr Matthew Brown
Cllr Aydin Dikerdem
Cllr Clare Coghill - WINNER
Cllr Melvin Collins
Cllr Mete Coban
Cllr Abdul Hai
Cllr Andrea Mann
Cllr Jas Athwal - WINNER
Friends Group of the Year Award
Labour Friends of USA
Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East - WINNER
Labour Friends of Bangladesh
Please find below a press release regarding SME4Labour's 3rd Anniversary Gala and Labour Excellence Awards.
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On Tuesday 18th December, SME4Labour will host its third annual Anniversary Gala and Labour Excellence Awards. SME4Labour works to strengthen the relationship between the Labour movement and the small and medium sized businesses that are the backbone of their local communities and the British economy.Read more
We are delighted to announce that nominations for the Labour Excellence Awards 2018 are now open.
If you think that your local Labour MP, Cllr, GLA, Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly Member is deserving of recognition, why not nominate them? You can also celebrate the work of a particular Labour Friends Group, Socialist Society or Trade Union by putting them forward!
To make a nomination, please send an email to email@example.com with their name, contact details and the reasons why you think they should winRead 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
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
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
Ibrahim Dogus, Co-Chairman of SME4Labour, commented on the reactions from small and medium businesses regarding the announcement of the General Election in June, 2017.
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