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Defiant Cooper rallies supporters at SME4Labour dinner

This week, Yvette Cooper MP and her supporters gathered in North London as the Labour leadership election enters its final phrase.

MPs, volunteers and non-party members were among guests attending the fundraising dinner hosted by SME4Labour, a new group within the Labour Party promoting small and medium sized businesses within the Party.

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Labour Business Relations

British businesses, both large and small, are vital to the future success of our country. But we know that in today's tough economic climate many face significant challenges as they seek to expand and develop.One Nation Labour is determined to recognise and support enterprise so we can modernise and reform our economy to create the jobs and growth the UK needs. And we want to hear from business about how we can best achieve this.

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Miliband outlines Labour’s plans for small business

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Ed Miliband has today outlined Labour’s plan for small businesses, which he says are suffering due to rising costs and a shortage of skills.

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Boosting Local SME Sector and Jobs Growth

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The most important issue in Aberconwy, like much of the rest of the country is jobs and the economy.  The latest estimate is that there are 3,400 people in the constituency looking for work. Last year in his conference speech Ed Miliband talked about changing our economy to support producers and tackle predators. A key component of this is allowing small and micro businesses to compete on a level playing field.

 

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Nurturing Spontaneous Innovation at Cambridge Knowledge Cluster

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At 9.30 am we jumped into taxis outside Cambridge station and headed to Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group or MADG (www.marshalladg.com).

 

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Reduce Employer’s National Insurance to Help SMEs

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Whilst the Conservative Party have recently championed investment in infrastructure and are trying to position themselves as the party of business, it is useful to consider that they are doing little on some of the issues small business is crying out for help on.

 

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Labour in Tune with Small Business Aspiration

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LFIG had the enviable problem of having a room that was too small for their fringe meeting on small business at the Labour Party conference. It was standing room only as sixty plus people packed into the room to hear the full Labour panel answering questions on “An Enterprising Nation : How Labour can deliver for small business, freelancers and the self-employed”.

 

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New Cooperative Banking Model, Empowering Communities Swiss Style

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The saga of scandals emanating from the global banking sector seems to be endless. Accusations of manipulation of foreign exchange and other paper markets are only the latest in a long series of public exposures, undermining trust in our financial system.

 

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Britain’s SME’s, Drivers of Economic Recovery

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Globalization can bring the threat of a weakened SME sector, since its role in direct exporting is less than proportional to its size; economies of scale is important in the international commerce.

 

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Global Rules v UK Public Interest: New Companies Commission Needed

It is now recognised in the UK that International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) mandated by the EU along with the voluntary adoption by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of International Auditing Standards (ISAs) in 2005 contributed significantly to the financial crisis by allowing banks to overstate profits and asset values. 

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