I’m going to Number 10 Downing Street next week, for a conversation with the Prime Minister’s special advisor on small business and enterprise, Daniel Korski.
Daniel is new to the job, after a career in EU and foreign politics. He’s keen to learn from small businesses what our concerns are, and what we need from government. Together with entrepreneur Emma Jones and fellow business owners from Enterprise Nation, I’ll be sharing my experience and concerns about growing a business today.
One of the issues that I’ll be raising is the disproportionate emphasis on launching a new business, rather than supporting existing businesses to grow. Just imagine, if every single-person business in the UK took on an extra pair of hands, whether full or part-time, what a boost to the economy that would provide.
Of course, not every small business owner wants to expand. For many, it’s a lifestyle choice to keep their business small. However, small doesn’t equate to successful, and successful doesn’t have to mean small, or big, or anything size-wise at all. But successful rarely equates to ‘doing everything yourself’. I meet few business owners who enjoy doing everything alone, and many who’d love to get help, but don’t really know how, or dare, to do it.
So let’s put it this way: if every small business owner focused their energy and time on doing what they’re really good at, and made enough extra money that way to buy in help to do everything else, that would make a significance difference to employment and the economy.
That’s why I’d love to see the government putting more energy and support into not just encouraging people to launch businesses, but in helping them to bring in other people, whether employees, contractors or freelancers. As any small business owner knows, it’s not just about the legal stuff. It’s about the confidence to make your business more than just you, the know-how to find and recruit the right people, the mindset to trust not too much and not too little, the techniques to delegate, the energy to inspire and lead others, and the willingness to become a leader and not just a doer.
Because the rewards are tremendous, for individuals, families, societies and our economy.
I’d love to know your concerns about small business and what the government should be doing. What would make the biggest difference to your business? What would you like to see in government policy? Please do let me know in the comments below, or by contacting me on the Time Wizard form here.