Parliament engages small and medium-sized business community

14 March 2011

The Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service is to hold a free Parliamentary training event in London for the small and medium-sized business community.

The event is being held in order to provide small and medium enterprise (SME) groups with high-level, authoritative Parliamentary information, to advise them on the best ways to campaign at a Parliamentary level and to identify what more Parliament could be doing in order to support them in this work.

The training event will be held in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House on Thursday 31 March 2011 and is open to people working for SMEs or networks and campaigning organisations associated with the small and medium-sized business community.

This event is intended to be the first of a series for the SME community. Future sessions will take place elsewhere in the UK. If you would like to suggest your area as a location, please let us know.

What Parliament for SMEs will cover

The event will feature presentations on:

  • Introduction to Parliament
    Robert Rogers, Clerk Assistant, House of Commons
  • Working with Members of the House of Lords
    Rt Hon Lord McFall of Alcluith, Former Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
  • Working with Backbenchers in the House of Commons
  • Questions and answers / panel discussion
    Gordon Birtwistle MP
    Professor Sue Marlow, Alternate President, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    Ian Pellow, Fellow and Member of the Executive Committee, Industry and Parliament Trust

Where and when

The event will take place in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament and runs from 9am to 12.30pm on Thursday 31 March 2011.

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Further information and booking

For more information, please call Richard Ward on 020 7219 1658. To book a place, please e-mail, with your name, organisation and contact details.

The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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