As Britain gathers its breath after a tense and surprising election result, the Conservatives have now re-shuffled the cabinet to tackle the most important areas of policy, including education, the NHS, immigration and the economy – which of course includes local business.

SMEs account for more than 99% of all UK business and nearly half of all private sector employment, making the support and growth of local commerce as important as ever in driving economic stability and opening new markets in communities.

Local Business Week (18th to 24th May) is a call to action to both the public and the new government – especially new Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry – to continue to support local enterprises. The campaign also calls on entrepreneurial, managerial, financial and technical experts to give advice and resources that small business owners can use to compete with the big guys.

Now in its 10th year, Local Business Week 2015 continues to rally the support of the public and small business across the country by encouraging Brits to shop local while also giving guidance to small business owners. Numerous spokespeople and companies have been lending their voices to the discussion, with further advice coming from online booking agency 10to8.

"We work with small businesses every day and we know they struggle with promotion and marketing – which is why Local Business Week is a great way to raise awareness of all of the challenges and benefits of being involved in a local business." – Liz Crampton, Community and Customer Manager at 10to8.

Britain is sustained by its 4.8 million small businesses. They form a key part of the economy and provide jobs to the majority of the population, to ignore them would be fatal to our country's financial health.

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