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John May - Policy Director The Genesis Initiative was formed to improve the quality of the debate on SMEs in the UK and Europe and create economic reform, driven by SMEs and supported by Parliamentarians.

The National Senate for the UK SME Sector

The senate is a body that meets once during each Parliamentary session and involves highly professional and qualified individuals who are representative of Entrepreneurs, SME Academia, Parliaments and Assemblies and SME Organisations within the UK (some 113 representing nearly 1 million members).

This combination of entrepreneurial zeal, concentrated research and commitment from experts working on behalf of SMEs is linked with All Party Support from over 500 Politicians from the House of Lords and Commons.

Their joint efforts contribute to the continued growth of the SME sector within the United Kingdom.

This experience and knowledge is disseminated to our European partners who wish to emulate this model.

Small business is the backbone of the British economy and when it does well the whole country does well. The role of Genesis is to act as an umbrella organisation, working on your behalf to optimise potential growth in the SME sector by fostering a "can do" culture. We aim to participate fully in achieving the economic and structural reforms that will enable business to flourish.

New jobs, new ideas and new wealth will be created if small businesses are thriving. Our role is to help sustain this business environment.

We work closely with opinion formers within the UK and Europe in pressing for change where change is necessary. By galvanising the SME community we can ensure that the voice of the sector will be heard loud and clear.

John May, Policy Director

Headlines from the Genesis Initiative

Genesis Manifesto
Apprenticeships: Take a youngster off the dole!
Genesis was challenged recently by our Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent to come up with a plan under which the members of our Member Associations could help to increase the employment chances for young people.
A Genesis team has put together a primer for small business to investigate getting contracts from Government and Local Authorities
Consultative SME Manifesto
Points Agreed by Senate Meeting
“At a time when the UK Government is funding the banking sector back to health it is vitally important that the banks’ dealings with SME’s is even handed.”
Alan Cleverly OBE Executive Director of the Genesis Initiative

What applied to the Trade Union Movement in the 20th Century during its formulative years is true of what ‘The Genesis Initiative’ is evolving in the 21st Century.

The SME sector is represented by some 400 Trade Associations, institutions and groupings.

Since our formation, at the suggestion of Barbara Roche, the first Minister for Small Business appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair we have campaigned for one objective. Namely to act as an ‘umbrella’ organisation harnessing the collective strength of the representative groups within the SME sector.

Our success to date is to have committed support from 113 groups having over 876,498 members including The National Society of Master Thatcher’s with 125 members to the Institute of Certified Book-Keepers with 150,200 members. Lord (Brian) Cotter a former SME spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats has joined our Board with Brian Binley the Conservative Member of Parliament for Northampton South who also runs a Small Business. Indeed we are an All Party Initiative which has brought together influential politicians of all political parties. We work with Government and the Shadow DTI ‘teams’ in the interest of encouraging the SME sector to flourish to the benefit of the UK economy.

Further we organise three Parliamentary Breakfasts in the House of Commons for the benefit of Senate Members. The guest speakers being senior Members of the Government Front Bench or Opposition Benches responsible for the SME Sector. For a regular update on progress please email on info@genesis-initiative.org