Build, build, build small businesses! How we want to see entrepreneurs reflected in the UK's recovery plan

Build, build, build small businesses! How we want to see entrepreneurs reflected in the UK's recovery plan
Dan Martin
Dan MartinFreelance content creator & event hostDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 1st Jul 2020

The prime minister delivered a speech on Tuesday which outlined the government's plan for the UK's recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the slogan 'Build, build, build,' Boris Johnson announced several infrastructure projects including the overhauling of schools, roads and hospitals.

We welcome the positive approach but what we want to see next is much more detail on the role that Britain's small businesses will play in the recovery and the support they will receive in helping to rebuilding the economy after the crisis.

We are having conversations with the business secretary and small business minister this week during which we will ask for the following:

  1. How can small businesses re-build? Via access to advice for the business and leadership and management skills for the founder so if a crisis happens again, resilience is built into the SME base.

  2. How can small businesses benefit? From the build programme through to public sector procurement opportunities.

  3. How can new businesses start? We have opportunity to drive an age of entrepreneurship with millions on furlough considering self-employment and/or new start-ups to be created in new industries.

We are hoping for more detail on support for small businesses in the chancellor's economic statement on 8 July. Look out for full coverage and reaction on Enterprise Nation.

We welcome comments from Enterprise Nation members on what small business measures you'd like to see. Email Dan with your thoughts.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinFreelance content creator & event hostDan 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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