Dr Roni Savage joins Government led SME Business Council

The membership of the new Government led SME Business Council was unveiled this morning, as their first meeting was held at No10 Downing Street, Westminster.

The Council, chaired by Small Business Minister, Kevin Hollinrake MP, has been set up by the Government to reaffirm its commitment to the UK’s 5.6 million SMEs. The Council will serve as a forum for action orientated engagement between small businesses, representative organisations, and HMG, providing an opportunity for small businesses to shape actions in agreed priority areas, and give feedback on Government policy ambitions for UK small businesses.

The Council will be a powerful voice for small businesses within Government and has been tasked with overseeing three key areas – Access to finance, skills and support as well as, removing barriers (including access to procurement).

Jomas Associates, a business at the forefront of providing Engineering and Environmental solutions to the Construction Industry across the UK, are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to shaping policy decisions that will empower SMEs, and drive growth in the economy.

Jomas’ CEO, Dr Roni Savage said “I am honoured to be invited to join the government led SME business council during this crucial juncture for many SMEs who are navigating various challenges, whilst aiming for growth. I aspire to amplify the voice of SMEs at various intersections, and to contribute to a movement that will deliver tangle results. Construction related businesses make up approximately 20% of all SMEs in the UK – It is important that barriers are removed to enable sustainable growth for these businesses, and for the economy.”

Almost every business in the country is a small business (99.9%) who in turn support 27million jobs across the UK, accounting for £4.5 trillion of annual turnover. Almost every billion-pound company, tech giant or multinational corporation started off as small business, which is why this Council has been formed, to help support and nurture the next generation of small firms to thrive and grow.

With firms representing all corners of the UK, covering sectors including engineering, manufacturing, construction, food and drink, the new council aims to truly represent the makeup of UK industry.

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