The Genesis 2014 Manifesto was successfully launched on Tuesday 18 November in the House of Lords.
Speakers praising the Manifesto included Brian Binley MP, Anne Marie Morris MP, Lord Cotter and Lord Harrison.
The editor of the manifesto Ross Coates MBE spoke powerfully in support of small business, and Genesis sponsors, PRS for Music, also spoke of their new plans to forge closer links with the SME sector.
Also praising the Manifesto, our Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent who commented; “The launch of the Manifesto is timely, given that the General Election will be held in May 2015. Our SME/Micro Businesses have played a major part in taking our country out of the recession, so it is critical to develop and implement the right policy framework. The Genesis Initiative Manifesto is an attempt to bring relevant stakeholders together to identify the key strategic issues facing the SME/Micro Businesses in the UK. As Founder Patron, I am proud to be associated with this exercise.”
And, Rt Hon Matthew Hancock adding, “The proposals contained in your excellent Genesis Manifesto make the strong argument that SMEs are a key component to our economic recovery. …thank you for all that you are doing to improve awareness of this vital sector of business”.
We are very proud of this contribution to policy relating to SME’s, and policy makers in and out of government will be asked to act on our recommendations.
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.
Genesis has responded to that challenge by teaming up with the national training organisation Lifetime which has been established since 1995 and is helping to train thousands of young people in apprentice schemes.