Growth in SMEs Post-Brexit

Chair:

Dr Peter Kyle MP, Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee

Speakers:

Martin McTague, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses

Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston University and Enterprise Research Centre


Date:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Time:

7:00 PM

Location:

House of Commons

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IPT Dinner Discussion

It has long been acknowledged by the Government that small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are the backbone of the UK economy, employing over half of all private sector workers and contributing 50% of GDP through an annual turnover of £1.8tn. However, as the UK prepares to leave the EU, the future performance of SMEs has become a principal concern for the continued ability to provide jobs and wealth creating opportunities across all parts of the UK. This dinner discussion will:

  • Explore the key themes of concern facing UK SMEs post-Brexit
  • Look at the future roles innovation and new market trade deals will play as drivers of increased productivity for SMEs in the UK
  • Consider how the UK can can ensure a business-friendly approach to skilled migration in order to address skill gaps that were previously filled from labour markets across the EU
  • Discuss how the Government is working to overcome short term uncertainties for SMEs whilst remaining focused on a long term stable framework to drive growth prospects. 
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