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Meet the new BEIS Minister for Small Business

By Chris Dawson August 4, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Our newly unelected Prime Minister has merged the government business and energy departments together and added “industrial strategy” in for good measure. She claims that this will allow the UK to build a long-term economic plan.

Naturally this means a host of new ministers to head up the newly named Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and they have now been revealed as:

  • Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry
  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (joint minister with Department for Education)
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property
  • Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Corporate Responsibility
  • Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Industry and Energy

Margot James MPThe one we’re most interested in is the Minister for Small Business, Margot James who it’s claimed has some first hand small business experience. Margot first worked in sales and marketing for her father’s business. Then 1986 she co-founded Shire Health Group, a public relations and clinical trials organisation which was sold in 2004.

As well as responsibility for small businesses in the UK, our new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility will also keep an eye on postal affairs and the Royal Mail as well as the national minimum wage.

Doubtless we’ll be hearing more from the BEIS in the coming months and years. At least now you know who’s running the show and under who’s names government policy will be issued which may impact your business.

  • Andy R
    10 months ago

    The list for self employed / small businesses is endless:-

    Self-employed NI contribs. (class 2 and 4)

    No rights to any benefits for self employed

    Ridiculously low VAT registration threshold (even a modest online business is dragged into VAT)

    Then there’s the post:

    Prices rising above inflation for international mail and signed for deliveries

    Reduction in standard compo from 100xfirst class stamp to max. £20 (in breach of 1971 Postal Services Act)

    Ridiculous 9am weekday and 7am weekend “last” collection times on boxes

    Closure / downgrading of post offices

    • Sam O'levski
      10 months ago

      Benefits are available to self employed people, and many small businesses rely on them.
      I remember that many years ago this was not the case, but nowadays it’s possible to get working tax credits, child tax credits and housing benefit, by submitting an application form… they don’t always ask for the documentary proof either.
      I live in a ruralish area which is not so affluent, and can assure you that many shopkeepers as well as online sellers are receiving benefits.

  • TINKER
    10 months ago

    1986 she co-founded Shire Health Group, a public relations and clinical trials organisation which was sold in 2004.

    business ? Health is a gravy train everyone needs it at some point