Exclusive Event: In Conversation Iain Anderson at the House of Commons



Business is undeniably the lifeblood of our nation, driving employment, innovation, and prosperity. Recognizing the pivotal role of businesses, Labour is committed to fostering stronger ties between the government and the business community, acknowledging that their expertise and engagement are indispensable in steering our country towards a brighter future.

The recent exclusive event featuring Iain Anderson, the esteemed author behind the groundbreaking report titled ‘A New Partnership: A Long Term Plan to Government Business Relations to Power Our Economy and Society,’ was a resounding success. Held in the esteemed Committee Room 11 of the House of Commons on Wednesday, February 28th, the event provided a platform for an enlightening discussion on the future of government-business relations.

Hosted by Bill Esterson MP, the event drew together members and supporters of SME4Labour, offering them a unique opportunity to engage with Anderson’s visionary perspectives. The insightful discourse centered on the imperative of fostering enduring partnerships between government and businesses to drive economic growth and societal progress.

Anderson’s report highlighted five key findings, each offering valuable insights into how we can enhance collaboration between the public and private sectors. From advocating for more coordinated efforts from the heart of government to prioritizing long-term relationships over the political ‘spin cycle,’ the report provides a comprehensive roadmap for meaningful engagement.

Moreover, the event underscored the importance of open and transparent dialogue, ensuring that the voices of all stakeholders are heard and valued in shaping policy decisions. Participants also emphasized the urgency of addressing challenges such as Foreign Direct Investment and streamlining policy interventions to create a more conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

As we reflect on the discussions held during this exclusive event, it is evident that Labour’s commitment to inclusive business engagement is unwavering. By fostering a diverse range of voices and perspectives, we can ensure that our policies reflect the needs and aspirations of both businesses and workers alike.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Iain Anderson for his invaluable contributions, our host Bill Esterson MP, our chair Lauren Edwards and all participants for their active involvement in shaping the future of government-business relations. Moving forward, Labour remains dedicated to harnessing the collective wisdom and experience of our business community to build a more prosperous and equitable society for all.