Business development · 19 November 2015

Do you agree with who we’ve picked as the 30 Small Business Decision Makers for 2016?

Our Small Business Decision Makers 2016 was unveiled at the Business Advice launch party
Our Small Business Decision Makers 2016 was unveiled at the Business Advice launch party

Business Advice has compiled its inaugural Small Business Decision Makers list, highlighting the key individuals all micro firms should know about.

The 30-strong list features government figures, those in the finance space, campaigners and trade bodies, from business secretary Sajid Javid to Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn – if they have an important role to play for small businesses they’re in our list.

The list can be viewed in the video below, with individuals split into five categories – government, trade bodies, finance, champions and supporters. Full details about those selected and what they’ve done for small businesses can be seen here.

Business Advice: Small Business Decision Makers 2016 from Business Advice on Vimeo.

The announcement of this list ties in with the launch party for our online title, providing insight and guidance for the small business community. With talks from RBS head of entrepreneurship Gordon Merrylees and Facebook’s Oliver Sewell, alongside some of the businesses featured in our On the up section, the event provided great insight both into the current climate for smaller firms and inspiration of what some budding British firms are up to at the moment.

Allergy software and app Kafoodle is already looking at ten markets for 2016, with the aim of going global firmly on the agenda, while LawerFair is on a scaling mission. Footwear business Augustus Pili meanwhile, has set the aim of making the entire brand in England in the New Year.

The Business Advice launch party featured a panel discussion from some of our On the up businessses
The Business Advice launch party featured a panel discussion from some of our On the up businessses

Hearing from ambitious, diverse firms such as these is a great way for other new businesses to find inspiration. So too, we hope, is our Small Business Decision Makers list, which has been unveiled as a useful touchpoint for early-stage firms interested in knowing important representatives for their community.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England has already warned George Osborne that businesses were still trying to come to terms with several significant changes introduced this year – including the new Living Wage – ahead of his Autumn Statement. Turnarounds in legislation can be particularly confusing and daunting for smaller firms, so having this list of important figures to consult for news and clarification should be a helpful tool.

It will be updated each year, to factor in changes in personnel, rising influential institutions or individuals and the general vibrant and quick-changing nature of the small business sphere.

Over the coming weeks, Business Advice will also be featuring interviews with individuals from the list to find out more about what they’re hoping to focus on in the coming year, and what are their big priorities for small businesses.

Get in touch if you have any questions you’d like answered.

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Rebecca is a reporter for Business Advice. Prior to this, she worked with a range of tech, advertising, media and digital clients at Propeller PR and did freelance work for The Telegraph.

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