The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the Business Minister, Mark Prisk MP, to an event in Westminster celebrating the role of small businesses in driving economic growth.
The Get Britain Trading 2012 event, which takes place in the House of Commons, follows Forum research showing that, despite tough trading conditions, many entrepreneurs are confident about their prospects for 2012.
In all, 55% of supporters of the Forum's Get Britain Trading 2012 campaign, which is being launched today, anticipate growth or strong growth in the coming year – and 95% are already exploring ways of developing their businesses.
Mr Prisk joined the Forum's Chief Executive, Phil Orford, in addressing business owners from a range of industries on the massive contribution small firms make to the UK's economy, as well as recognising the barriers to growth they face.
In turn, delegates at the event shared their achievements and passed on the secrets of their success.
“As a leading membership organisation representing SMEs we are in the business of helping firms to succeed, creating economic growth for the whole country. That is our passion and our responsibility and it is a goal shared by the Government. I am delighted to welcome the Business Minister Mark Prisk and pleased he is backing what we are trying to do to Get Britain Trading,” said Mr Orford.
“Economic conditions are tough but we know first-hand that there are many success stories of business owners who have achieved great things against the odds, as well as numerous opportunities for growth.
“While we know there is a lot to do to help entrepreneurs, we want to share this good news and do all we can to help small businesses take advantage of every opportunity available to them.”
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said: “We want to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business which is why we've launched a range of schemes to make sure that we give SMEs the best possible opportunity to succeed.”
The Forum is urging all business owners to join Get Britain Trading by visiting the new campaign website www.getbritaintrading.co.uk. The not-for-profit employer organisation is calling on all supporters to pass on their success stories and share their growth secrets with other small businesses.
For more information call the Forum on 0845 130 1722.
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