Enterprise Nation takes South West entrepreneurs to Downing Street

Enterprise Nation takes South West entrepreneurs to Downing Street

Posted: Thu 7th Jan 2016

We took a group of entrepreneurs from the South West to 10 Downing Street this week to meet Daniel Korski, adviser to prime minster David Cameron.

The meeting was led by our South West Champion Alison Edgar, founder of Sales Coaching Solutions.

Alongside Alison and Dan Martin, Enterprise Nation head of content, were:

Downing Street South West

Subjects discussed:

Jessica May, Caroline Sparks and Gaby Lixton expressed concern over the impact on small businesses of the government's new dividend tax. Jessica suggested a potential change to payment on account to minimise impact.

Mike Jackson called for more support for funding and investment for small businesses outside of London that replicates the success of schemes in the capital.

Marcus Whittingham praised the benefits of the government's Growth Voucher scheme which he said significantly boosted his business.

Jordan Daykin, Caroline Sparks and Gaby Lixton praised UK Trade & Investment's Passport to Export scheme.

Fran Hope expressed concern about the impact of the abolition of employers' statutory sick pay rebate.

James Phipps said business support in local areas is often fragmented and lacking in coordination.

Denise O'Leary commented on improvements that have made it easier for small businesses to bid for government contracts and called for better visibility of lower level public sector contracts with a value of under £10,000.

Debbie Williams raised the issue of future funding for the promotion of apprenticeships to small business owners.

Stuart Pearce discussed the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and whether it will be extended to smaller businesses.

Alison Edgar said: "It was such a pleasure to lead the party of South West businesses to 10 Downing Street. Having a direct ear to Daniel Korski, the adviser to David Cameron, not only makes businesses in our region feel valued, but gives us assurance our opinions are being listened too.

"My selection of delegates came from a wide range of industry types with experience in sectors such as manufacturing, export, trades, apprenticeships, tech and accountancy, so a variety of relevant topics were raised."

Thanks @e_nation for inviting me here to lobby for regional tech funding @investbrisbath @EngineShed_BB @TechCityUK pic.twitter.com/qDdPTVAAjT

"" Webstart Bristol (@WebStartBristol) January 5, 2016

Great start to the year discussing small business at 10 Downing Street, with @SalesCoaching_S and Team South West! pic.twitter.com/9ZMZOjKSYN

"" Charles Arnold (@CharlesGArnold) January 6, 2016

Invited today @Number10gov to discuss #Bath #Jobs #Enterprise w/ @aliedgar13 @emmaljones.Grateful to @DanielKorski pic.twitter.com/1lZ8WWLjMB

"" Bath Boutique Stays (@GoBathBoutique) January 5, 2016

Today @JordanDaykin @gripitfixings and I got to go to #London to talk about @UKTI_SW @DeborahMeaden #export #growth pic.twitter.com/LJfVxj4Nb6

"" Sales Coaching (@aliedgar13) January 5, 2016

Good Number 10 meeting with @DanielKorski & South West entrepreneurs today. Everyone loves that door! pic.twitter.com/GPYkuoxM41

"" Dan Martin (@Dan_Martin) January 5, 2016

The lovely @AplinCarol and I meeting @Number10gov with @DanielKorski talking about #southwest #SmallBusiness pic.twitter.com/qoPetXErvX

"" Sales Coaching (@aliedgar13) January 5, 2016

Thrilled to spend some time yesterday at No10 talking about SME's bidding to government @e_nation #entrepreneur pic.twitter.com/OezR1yz1f1

"" Denise OLeary (@PurpolMarketing) January 6, 2016

Thanks @e_nation for a great day out to No. 10! Let's hope our voices are heard pic.twitter.com/as0NI8u4cH

"" Design&Co (@TheSamFranDisco) January 5, 2016

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