Covid-19 has brought a year of unprecedented uncertainty for small businesses in Portsmouth and across the country. Local firms and entrepreneurs are at the centre of our communities and have often been on the frontline of our response to the pandemic. I have always argued that Portsmouth is a city of makers and doers. In my constituency, I have seen time and again how these vibrant local businesses have risen to the challenge and innovated to help their customers, employees, the NHS and their wider community. I am delighted that SME4Labour is providing the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contribution these firms have made at such a difficult time. During the pandemic Labour has been fighting hard for better support for small businesses, the self-employed and those excluded from government support. As we tentatively look towards a recovery, it’s so important that we continue to strengthen the dialogue between our party and small firms and entrepreneurs. Their continued prosperity will be a cornerstone of our economic recovery and drive future growth and success.