Family Business UK Joins New Small Business Council

Family Business UK attended the first meeting of the new Small Business Council in Downing Street today, as the Government looks to remove barriers to growth faced by SMEs.

Chaired by Small Business Minister, Kevin Hollinrake, the Council will work alongside the PM’s Business Council to tackle the key issues facing smaller firms. The Council will include Family Business UK, Small Business Britain, and the Federation of Small Businesses.  The Council also includes SMEs themselves, with firms representing all corners of the UK covering sectors including manufacturing, construction, food and drink.

The Council will be a powerful voice for small businesses within Government and has been tasked with overseeing three key areas for small firms – Access to finance, skills and support as well as removing barriers.

Small Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake said:

“Small firms are at the heart of our communities and the engine of our economy – which is why the work of this council is so important. My own experience of working in a small business has given me crucial insights to the problems that SMEs face on a daily basis, from barriers to growth or access to finance.

“We’re giving small firms a big voice, so they can directly air their concerns to government without delay – only when we work together can we tackle some of the burning issues SMEs are facing – only then can we help boost jobs and grow the economy.”

Neil Davy, CEO of Family Business UK, said: 

“We are delighted to be part of the new Small Business Council, representing family businesses from across all regions and communities of the UK to highlight the unique challenges they face and the practical new ideas we have for generating economic growth. It is great to see this group reflect the different models of business that make up the UK economy.

“Family firms offer a unique perspective due to their long-term view, and we look forward to working with the Council to deliver support and advice to help SMEs learn, thrive and grow.”

You can find out more about the Council, including the full list of members here