MORE than 50 small and medium sized business leaders from across the region met in Manchester to give their views to Labour’s Small Business Taskforce (July 5).
Shadow Small Business Minister, Toby Perkins MP, spoke at the event that was held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School, one of the largest business schools in the UK.
Labour’s taskforce of business people, entrepreneurs and experts has been set up to look at the policies government should adopt to promote entrepreneurship and small business. The Chair of the Taskforce is Bill Thomas, a former Senior Vice-President of Hewlett Packard.
The Federation of Small Businesses, The Institute of Chartered Accountants and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have helped put the Manchester event together.
Mr Perkins – together with Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central – also attended Manchester Metropolitan University’s Love 2 Trade event. The network event will seek to match-make alumni members in the fantastic new surroundings of the £75 million Business School.
Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Shadow Small Business Minister, said:
“It is great to be able to meet businesses and entrepreneurs from across Manchester and the North West region.
“We are clear that as part of our policy review, we want entrepreneurs and businesspeople to shape Labour’s thinking and to ensure that their ideas are at the heart of our policy making process.”
Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
"I’m delighted to welcome Labour’s Small Business Taskforce to the city. The taskforce will report back to Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and Chuka Umunna later this year on what policies a future Labour government should adopt to promote entrepreneurship and small business.
“In Manchester we have individuals and companies pushing to drag Britain out of this double dip recession and lead the economic recovery. It’s vital that we listen to them and learn about the key opportunities and challenges their businesses face.”