As a leading, not-for-profit small business organisation it is our passion, and our responsibility, to help our members succeed – driving job creation and economic growth across the UK.
There is ample confidence in their potential. The latest Forum research shows that 55% of campaign supporters anticipate growth or strong growth in the coming year – and 95% are already exploring ways of developing their businesses.
Further, 60% of respondents said they hope to innovate in 2012. While 74% of small firms are looking to target customers in the UK 17% are focusing on overseas markets.
We want to tap this confidence and celebrate the huge role played by small firms in the UK’s economy, cutting through the doom and gloom by sharing the real success stories that are out there – while at the same time recognising the work that still needs to be done to give entrepreneurs the best possible chance to turn the economy around.
That desire is shared by the Government and we were delighted to welcome the Minister for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, who addressed delegates at today’s Get Britain Trading 2012 launch event in Westminster.
And there’s lot’s of support that recognises the positivity and ambition of business people. Mr Prisk is also drawing attention to the Government’s Business in You campaign. Part of which is to provide more than 300 buildings for fledgling firms at super-low rates. UKTI are also running the Exporting for Growth initiative to help assist the numbers of SME exporters across the country.
Assisting both start-ups and more established businesses to drive private sector growth is simply essential, and these initiatives will give us the best chance of meeting our collective goals. To join the campaign visit www.getbritaintrading.co.uk