Mark Prisk, the business and enterprise minister, is spending the week in small businesses across Britain this week, starting with Bethnal Green-based DIY Kyoto. Mark Prisk hopes to gain better insight into the experiences of companies on the ground, and what their main issues are.Mark Prisk, who will be blogging exclusively for Real Business about his experiences, is spending today at DIY Kyoto, in Bethnal Green, London. “DIY Kyoto is a great place to start my work experience,” says Mark Prisk. “It’s a thriving company producing a revolutionary product – I’m really keen to roll up my sleeves and understand exactly how the business works, and what issues they may face in the future.” DIY Kyoto makes wireless electricity meters to help consumers save energy. The company designs and manufactures “wattson”, an energy meter that consumers use to monitor their electricity usage by the minute. “As I used to run my own business I have a strong idea of what really matters to business owners,” Mark Prisk continues. “This experience will give me even stronger insight into what small businesses need from government, particularly as they prepare for the economic recovery.” The “Week in Small Business” initiative was introduced by BIS to try and gain a better understanding of the needs of SMEs, which make up more than 99 per cent of private businesses in the UK. We applaud this initiative – it’s great to see politicians get stuck in to see what problems and issues Britain’s entrepreneurs deal with on a daily basis. Don’t forget to check back on Real Business online this week to read Mark Prisk’s exclusive blog.
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