The Small Business Taskforce, the body set up and led by Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation to lobby government on behalf of SMEs, has a new member.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) has announced it will join together with the eleven other members of the taskforce to promote the interests of small businesses across the UK.
“By working together, the organisations that have formed the Small Business Taskforce will have a more powerful voice and effective means for getting their message heard by government,” explained Mark Brownridge, EISA Director General. “It is, after all, difficult to ignore more than one million businesses all asking for the same things.
‘Very supportive of the taskforce’s aims’
The EISA exists to aid the provision of capital to UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). It says the decision to join the taskforce reflect the fact that it is “Very supportive of all the broader recommendations and aims of the Taskforce, which cover areas including international trade, the tax regime, a flexible workforce and rights for EU workers and schemes to support businesses.”
“Over the past five years, the UK has become one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor puts the UK at number one in Europe and number four globally,” said Brownridge. “This has been enabled by the low costs of start-up entry, accessible technology, a flexible economy and a positive attitude towards self-starters and entrepreneurship; from the media, large corporates, and government.”
Last week the Taskforce published an open letter to the government laying out its hopes for future legislation.