Posted: Fri 20th Sep 2013
Today, we shared our 10 recommendations, based on your feedback, to help UK small businesses grow by just 10 per cent. Achieving this goal would add an extra Â£21bn to the UK economy, so we think it's really important - and you do too! We asked you to vote for your favourite ideas, and just a few hours later, over 1,000 votes have been cast.
Offer tax incentives to family members for investing
Make childcare expenses a business expense and so tax deductible
Support creation of a database matching British businesses with manufacturers
Create a new form of share ownership so business owners can reward a workforce of freelancers and contractors
Explore potential for standardised services for small business
Offer training in sales and marketing as a requirement of starting a business
Provide bridging loans to 5 to 9'ers so they become full time entrepreneurs
Back creation of Investors in Small Business kitemark for government departments and large corporates that open up procurement
Support a nationwide series of innovation days
Open up access to international markets through support of international PopUps
You've been adding to this list with your own ideas. Andrew Birley suggested more of a focus on financial management, while Stuart Hartley wants to see more support for independent retailers. What do you think? Cast your votes - and submit your recommendations now
At the end of this first day, I want to thank you for your votes and for your ideas. We really want to represent the views of real UK small businesses to government - and today you've helped us to do that. Here's to growth!