Get Britain Trading

In February 2011 we launched our campaign to Get Britain Trading with the main aim of raising awareness of the massive contribution small firms make to the economy, with small businesses employing almost half of the UK workforce and contributing over a third of turnover.

Making it easier for small firms to do business

The objectives of the campaign were to make it easier and more profitable for small firms to do business on a local, national and international basis. 

We developed Get Britain Trading in response to members' needs in the current economic climate and lobbied for a list of measures to help small businesses which, in turn, would give the economy a much needed boost. 

The Get Britain Trading manifesto set out the conditions needed to get small businesses trading again. We continue to call for:

  • Improved cash flow
  • A simple and proportionate tax system
  • Creating employment and improving skills
  • Creating opportunities for growth.

Thousands of businesses helped us to lobby the Government for a brighter future for small businesses in Britain and gained free advice on how to 'get their business trading' in the process, including tips on accessing finance, training and staff development, marketing, credit management, exporting and cost-saving.

Plus we encouraged our members and other businesses to share their good news stories, and spread the positivity about British businesses. We used social media to share these stories far and wide.

Business buddy

A number of businesses also took part in our successful Business Buddy Scheme, where small firms opened their doors to their local MP who came to work in their business for a day. This gave the MP firsthand experience of the challenges that many smaller businesses face and the business owner a chance to speak directly to someone who can make a difference. 

The principles of Get Britain Trading still underpin everything we lobby for. To find out how you can get involved, click here or email

  • Campaign Objectives

    To make it easier and more profitable for small firms to do business in the UK

  • Campaign Successes

    Helping businesses with practical advice, raising their profile and allowing them to speak directly to decision makers