Only 5 days left until our big event! All SMEs welcome but please make sure you book your ticket or RSVP in advance. The workshops have limited spaces and the spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. Therefore by booking your ticket or filling out the pay on the day RSVP form in advance you'll be able to help ensure your place in your desired workshop.
RSVP form: http://www.smealliance.org/rsvp-sne.html Please RSVP by Monday at the very latest.
There's only 8 days to go until our Summer Networking Event and tickets are selling fast! General Admission is £20 and Member tickets are £10. All members will have received their promotional code via Email - please contact SME Alliance directly if you cannot find yours. Please to purchase your tickets in advance as we need to make sure everyone is accommodated for during the Event. Don't miss out on your chance to meet and speak with:
-RGL Management and Humphries Kerstetter
-Windsor Actuarial Consultants Ltd
-The 36 Group (Formerly 36 Bedford Row)
And don't forget our workshops on:
-Private Criminal Prosecutions with Andy Keats of SBCB and Jonathan Maskew of Shensmiths Barristers
-Personal Guarantees with Mel Loades of Personal Guarantees
-IRHP with Nick Stoop of Warwick Risk Management and others
-Litigants in Person: Know your Rights with Paul Turner of SME Alliance and James Nicholls of gunnercooke
Remember to let us know which workshop and presentation you'd like to attend in advance after purchasing your ticket as spaces are limited! Tickets include a Buffet Lunch and Drinks on the Lawn. There will also be a Barbeque in the evening for those who can stay but that is provided by the Hotel and will have to be paid for separately.
Hope to see you there!
Today we received a letter the Prime Minister's office in reply to our letter of 14th July http://www.smealliance.org/blog/letter-to-rt-hon-theresa-may-mp
In our letter we asked that the plight of SMEs who have been or are being abused by some in the financial sector, be added to the list of those she will support. We are very grateful to have received this encouraging and very timely reply. Not least because I am still awaiting a reply from David Cameron from a letter sent in December 2012!
Hopefully even those members who have little faith in Government or any political party will see this as a positive step forward because we have been ignored for a very long time by successive Governments which is why the situation between SMEs and the Banks has become so dire. And not helped at all by the regulators who in many cases hinder more than help.
I genuinely feel there is a move afoot to support SMEs and I was told by one MP very recently that the conduct of banks towards SMEs is now having an adverse effect on GDP – while that is not a good thing in itself it is good that the Government are becoming more aware of how bad things are.
Hopefully we will get a further letter in the near future and once the Prime Minister and her Government have had a chance to consider the situation further. In the meantime the response is much appreciated.