Past Events

THE TAYLOR REVIEW AND ITS FALLOUT - WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FLEXIBLE ECONOMY?

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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.

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SME4Labour at Conference: 'Building a Pro-Business Reputation'

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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.

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Creative Arts Industry Reception with Tom Watson MP

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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.

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Beyond Brexit: SMEs and the future of the British economy

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19th July 2017SME4Labour 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).

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General Election Small Business Debate

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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. 

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An Evening With Yvette Cooper MP and Bill Esterson MP

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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.

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Tracy Brabin MP fundraiser dinner

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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.

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IPSE and SME4Labour Dinner

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On the evening of Monday the 23rd of January, SME4Labour hosted a dinner for members of the Labour Party at the House of Commons in partnership with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).  

Leading Executive SME4Labour members Ibrahim Dogus and Sonny Leong attended the event along with the principal directors of IPSE including the Simon McVicker, the Director of Policy and Public Affairs. The event was hosted by Nick Brown MP with the aim of giving leading Labour MPs an opportunity to engage with small businesses, enterprises, the self-employed and independent professionals by identifying the Labour Party’s priorities and policies for the Small Business Sector.

 

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Impact of Brexit on SMEs

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SME4labour organised a roundtable meeting involving MPs Chuka Umunna and Bill Esterson, attended by an audience of small and medium business owners. It was hosted in Committee Room 19 at the House of Commons and kindly chaired by Ibrahim Dogus.

 

Chuka Umunna opened by firmly restating Labour’s commitment to being the party of small business, demonstrated under the last leadership. Chuka brought up his own family connection to the cause, his father having run a market stall, and related several times to the experiences of business owners on Streatham High Road in his constituency. Chuka made a three-point analysis of Labour’s relationship with SMEs. The first was that Labour, being the party of the working labour, had to be back ‘full-throttle’ the business that provide the majority of private sector work in the country. Secondly, SMEs provide high streets and communities with their unique character, so support for them is a fundamental part of Labour’s communitarian values. Finally, he pointed out that setting up a business is an act of challenging the market establishment - and Labour is very much about challenging the establishment!

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First Annual SME4Labour Gala and Labour Excellence Awards

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SME4Labour was delighted to host its first annual gala on Monday 19 December. SME4Labour is a friends group of the Labour Party that works to strengthen the relationship between the party and small businesses, which are the backbone of the British economy and local communities. The event was attended by over 400 guests including over two dozen MPs and a number of Labour’s other elected politicians and peers. The gala, which took place at the Park Lane Sheraton Hotel in Piccadilly, also saw the launch of the first ever Labour Excellence Awards.

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