The “Week in Small Business” initiative was introduced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to gain an in-depth understanding of the specific needs of small enterprises. SMEs account for more than 99 per cent of private businesses and their performance and activity is a key driver of the UK economy. Prisk is also actively encouraging employees working on enterprise policy at BIS to participate in the initiative to help boost their understanding of the real-life issues faced by smaller firms, and bring SMEs and government closer together. “The experience I will gain from this initiative is invaluable, and I have already developed a better understanding of the issues facing small businesses from my first day with DIY Kyoto,” comments Prisk. “Today is a great opportunity to gain real-life experience at a different type of business, and I am looking forward to getting to know how Ashley Anderson operates on a daily basis. The manufacturing industry is vital to the recovery of the UK economy and the government needs to provide the right conditions to ensure manufacturing succeeds in the globally competitive environment. “Spending a day with Ashley Anderson will give me crucial insight into how we can address the barriers that manufacturing businesses face.” Ashley Anderson is the manufacturing arm to the Willowbrook group, and the company has just over 40 employees. It specialises in the manufacture of mobility furniture and all products are handmade in the UK. Mark Prisk will be blogging about his day at Ashley Anderson exclusively for Real Business. Look out for the story on Friday.
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