Get it right: we’re micro-enterprises not SMEs

A small business campaigner says the Government is discriminating against the “vast majority” of British businesses by using the term ‘SME’s’ to describe them, reports

Tony Robinson OBE , who lodged the ‘Tell us what you’re doing for micro-enterprises not SMEs’ e-petition, says that although 95.7% of UK enterprises are mico-enterprises, 90% of the billions of pounds of government financial support for business over the last 15 years had gone to 5% of companies with over 10 employees.

Robinson told “To government big is beautiful, yet millions of micro-business owners including up to half a million start-ups each year need a fair trading environment in order to survive,” he said. “They should get an equal share of government interventions to help with skills, knowledge, bank lending, apprentices, regulations, late payment, tribunals, recruitment and business support.”