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Government appoints new small business minister

Government appoints new small business minister
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Thu 19th Jul 2018

Kelly Tolhurst has been named as the government's new small business minister.

The appointment of the MP for Rochester & Strood follows the shock resignation of the former minister, Andrew Griffiths, after the Sunday Mirror revealed that he sent 2,000 sexually eplicit texts and social media messages to two female consistuents.

Tolhurst has been an MP since 2015 and prior to joining Parliament she ran Tolhurst Associates, a marine survey business, with her father after a career in marketing.

In government she was previously an assistant whip. She voted to remain in the Brexit referendum.

What key issues do you think the new small business minister should focus on? Comment below.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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