“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.