A number of UK Labour and Conservative politicians have taken the ultimate plunge, and have broken away from their respective parties to form The Independent Group, a liberal but (as of yet) non-party organisation. We attend an exclusive event where spokesperson and ex-Labour leader hopeful, Chuka Umunna, explains why the group has formed, its intentions for the future, and why it’s attracting high profile entrepreneurs (who says it’s only the Tories that care about enterprise!?).
The Conservatives have been boosted by an open letter printed in the Daily Telegraph, with more than 5,000 small business representatives signing in support of David Cameron's party.
Speaking to Real Business at the site of Croydon's new business incubator, the shadow business secretary warned that more needs to be done to provide affordable business space. His comments came after new research showed small businesses were becoming increasingly put off from being based in central London.
When shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna brought Small Business Saturday to the UK last year he never thought in his “wildest dreams” it would have the impact it has.
Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna will today hit out at the performance of the coalition's Regional Growth Fund (RGF), which distributes business funding around the country.
Two of the government's flagship export finance schemes have helped no businesses at all since being announced two years ago, Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said.
The Labour Party today pledged to create a US-style “small business administration” if it wins the next election.