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Founders of Turtle Tots Meet With New Prime Minister

24th October 2016

Founders of Turtle Tots baby swim franchise lobby the new PM on challenges for SMEs post Brexit.
Founders of Turtle Tots Meet With New Prime Minister

Gaby Lixton and Caroline Sparks outside Number 10

Bristol entrepreneurs meet with the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, at Downing Street.

Bristol-based entrepreneurs Gaby Lixton and Caroline Sparks, were given the prestigious opportunity to voice their opinions first-hand, on the impact of Brexit for small businesses, when they were personally invited to meet with the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street.

The meeting was held along with other entrepreneurs from across the country to discuss the opportunities and challenges for small and medium sized businesses following the controversial UK vote. Namely, the Government was keen to find out more about how it could support SMEs and in particular its export businesses.

The Prime Minister is said to have stated that around 50% of the UK’s economy comes from SMEs, so the importance of supporting them as a group was acknowledged as being paramount to Britain’s future economic growth.

Gaby Lixton commented:
"We were privileged to have the opportunity to give our business viewpoint to the Prime Minister on such an important topic post-Brexit. We left the meeting feeling that Theresa May will listen and adapt accordingly even though the next few years may be a little rocky. The Prime Minister also stated that the Government is committed to helping SMEs and also to supporting Britain in terms of ‘going global’ which is vital to long term growth and stability for businesses like ours."

The founders of Turtle Tots were invited to join the round table debate with the Prime Minister following their recent trade mission to China with Enterprise Nation. The local entrepreneurs also met with the new minister for small business, Margot James and the new minister for business, energy and industrial strategy, Greg Clark.

Gaby continued:
"What also came out of the meeting was the fact that we are currently still part of the EU and should therefore still be receiving the benefits of that within our trade relationships. This was also a great opportunity for us personally, to represent our 45 franchisees across the UK and internationally."

Gaby Lixton and Caroline Sparks are now part of a working party group that acts to keep the channels of communication open for SMEs and were personally invited to the House of Lords on 8th September.

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