While there is still a long way to go, our economy is turning a corner – and Britain’s small businesses can claim a big share in this revival.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy – providing nearly half of all private sector jobs. And since 2010 we’ve seen over 300,000 of them start up.
This Government is getting behind Britain’s entrepreneurs in every way possible: from Start-Up Loans to help new businesses get off the ground – to our New Enterprise Allowance for those who are unemployed and want to set up on their own.
Today in Downing Street I met just a few of the people who have made use of that help: Tom from Warwickshire who’s recently set up a micro brewery with his younger brother; Jessica from Newcastle who’s gone into business selling children’s clothes; Richard from York who in his sixties has started up his own florist.
Let’s celebrate these people – and everyone who is driving Britain’s recovery. Today we’re stepping up our Supporting Small Business campaign to do just that.
If you know of a great entrepreneur in your area who’s started a business, taken on new staff and deserves to be recognised then let us know about them.
Entrepreneurship is at the heart of my vision for Britain: a nation brimming full of aspiration, jobs and opportunity - a country where everyone who works hard can make it in life. This Government is backing small businesses every step of the way.