Conservatives launch small business growth initiative with dedicated Business Champions

During a reception in the garden at 10 Downing Street attended by Business Matters, the prime minister David Cameron revealed that 12 of his party’s MPs are set to be ‘small business ambassadors’.

Matthew Hancock MP has also been appointed the Conservatives’ Small Business Champion and will lead the new campaign, which will include events across the country in the coming months. The twelve MPs are:

NORTH: Stephen Mosley (Chester)
NORTH: Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood)
YORKSHIRE: Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon)
MIDLANDS: Marcus Jones (Nuneaton)
EAST: Richard Fuller (Bedford)
EAST: Brooks Newmark (Braintree)
SOUTH EAST: Damian Collins (Folkestone)
SOUTH: Caroline Dinenage (Gosport)
WALES: Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan)
WEST: John Penrose (Weston Super Mare)
SOUTH WEST: Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbott)
LONDON: Mary Macleod (Brentwood and Isleworth)

Speaking about the launch the Chancellor George Osborne said: “Small businesses will help us win the global race. The values of working hard and aspiring to get on in life are shared between the Conservative Party and small business.”

“That is why we at the Conservatives have launched this new campaign; celebrating what small businesses do for our economy, for jobs and our communities. We want to listen to what more we can do to help small businesses succeed.”

In talking about the new scheme, the supporting literature claims: We know there’s much more to do. We want to listen to the needs of small business to make sure we make Britain the best place to start and grow a business, supporting those who work hard and want to get on. We want to hear directly from you so please take the time to fill in our survey of government measures.

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