The then Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP worked with small businesses and small business organisations to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK in 2013.
In the United States Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday; the major shopping days in the US after the American holiday of Thanksgiving. It is primarily a celebration of retail and shopping!
I have been pleased to celebrate the fantastic small businesses of all shapes and sizes – not just retail – that make such a huge contribution to our area’s local economy.
As such I’ve always taken the opportunity of Small Business Saturday at the start of December to celebrate local businesses by giving them a shout out on my website, Facebook and Twitter. Such is the modern way!
Small businesses contribute a huge amount to our local community. I always enjoy visiting small businesses and learning more about the range of things that are going on.
Last month I was privileged to join Gail Spavin Financial for a celebration of 25 years in business locally at San Pietro – itself another successful local business.
Other small businesses I’ve visited in the last month include Little Tots Nursery and Fluent Coaching, further illustration of how diverse and rich the small business sector is!
And everywhere I go I’m hugely impressed by people’s enthusiasm, passion and energy. Too often we see the downside of things. In the richness of our small businesses we should celebrate the upside.
That’s why this year I’m calling on local people to join in with this celebration of small business talent.
People can nominate local businesses for one of two awards: the Champion Small Business award and Great Customer Service award by going on my website.
To be eligible the business needs to be located in the Scunthorpe county constituency which is Scunthorpe, Bottesford and the towns and villages to the south including Messingham, Scawby, Kirton-in-Lindsey and Hibaldstow.
Any nominated small business from outside the area will get a shout out from me for being valued by local people.
Nominations for the awards opened on October 19 and they will close on November 9.
Shortlisted small businesses will then be identified and a poll opened to select the winner on November 14th in plenty of time for Small Business Saturday on December 4.
I suppose my message is: let’s celebrate the fantastic people who work in our small businesses.
Even if you don’t nominate a business for my award why not say well done to a local small business?
A pat on the back is uplifting and costs us very little to give.
Let’s shout out for the brilliant people that work in the small businesses across our area. After all they give us so much!
The then Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP worked with small businesses and small business organisations to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK in 2013. In the United...
I am pleased that after looking into statistics about Scunthorpe General Hospital and their treatment of stroke patients, they are ranked above the national average in terms of being treated to quickly.
61% of patients had a brain scan within one hour after they had entered the hospital, which is much higher than the national average of 48%. Whilst 77% of patients had access to a stroke unit within four hours, in comparison to the national average of 54%.
This is great news for the area, as strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential, because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
I am very happy with the work of Scunthorpe General Hospital regarding this.
However, I think that a bit more could be done for the aftercare of stroke victims.
The NHS has said that ''Around one in every four people who has a stroke will die, and those who do survive are often left with long-term problems resulting from the injury to their brain.
Some people need to have a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, while many will never fully recover and will need support adjusting to living with the effects of their stroke.''
Locally, within the North Lincolnshire CCG, we have no stroke specific speech and language therapy or stroke specific six-month reviews.
I think that these would be very helpful additions, especially since this constituency has a higher recording of strokes than the national average.
Speech and language therapists assess people with communication difficulties and help people to overcome and/or adapt to a range of communication problems. They also assess people who have swallowing problems and advise on safe ways to eat and drink.
The six month reviews are also crucial to ensure that support is tailored to the patient, to help maximise the quality of life and help reintegrate into the community.
This highlights how invaluable these aftercare sessions could be in allowing stroke victims to be able to return back to normality and have a good quality of life.
I also hope that the national averages for the statistics concerning the wait for a brain scan can increase, as figures as low as 48% and 54% are really unacceptable.
I am pleased that after looking into statistics about Scunthorpe General Hospital and their treatment of stroke patients, they are ranked above the national average in terms of being treated...
Nic Dakin has signed a pledge to defend the UK’s countryside and wild places, and support UK action on climate change. The pledge also calls on the government to ensure strong environmental standards following the EU referendum vote. It has so far been signed by over 70 MPs from across the political spectrum.
“I signed the pledge because I want the government to stand up for the UK’s nature, and I hope my colleagues across parliament will join me. In the wake of the referendum it’s vital for us to reassert the importance of a clean, green and healthy environment – whether that is in my constituency of Scunthorpe, across the UK or overseas. The UK can and should be a world leader in dealing with environmental issues.”
Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth chief executive, said:
“People voted to leave the EU for a variety of different reasons but one thing is clear: it wasn’t a vote to weaken protections for our nature, wildlife and environment.
“By signing the Pledge for the Environment, Nic has shown that he understands how important it is that we help our wildlife and countryside to thrive and take a leading role in addressing climate change to create a better environment for us all.”
Dozens of our environmental rules in the UK, including those leading to healthier beaches, cleaner air, and the protection of marine environments and rare species – from bitterns to butterflies – started life as European agreements, although in many cases they were originally devised and drafted by British Ministers and officials.
The pledge was initiated by a coalition of 12 national organisations who are campaigning together to ensure that, when these rules are replaced, it is with new standards at least as strong as those set by the EU. This will ensure that the UK’s environment is healthy for all and our unique wildlife and countryside remain a national treasure.
The full text of the pledge signed by Nic is below:
Pledge for the Environment
I believe that following the EU referendum, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.
This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.
For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:
- Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
- Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year.
- Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector
Nic Dakin has pledged his support for stronger national action on the environment following referendum vote.
Nic Dakin has signed a pledge to defend the UK’s countryside and wild places, and support UK action on climate change. The pledge also calls on the government to ensure...
Nic Dakin met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 12 October) to pledge his support for the charity’s campaign to ensure people with incurable secondary breast cancer no longer get second-rate care.
A survey of people with incurable breast cancer by Breast Cancer Care revealed just over a fifth (21%) of people who previously had breast cancer are first treated by their GP for another condition. And more than four in 10 (42%) do not feel their overall care is well-managed and well-coordinated. This suggests people living with incurable breast cancer are not getting the care and support they need.
In addition, a report from the charity reveals that, despite it being mandatory since 2013, a fifth (19%) of Hospital Trusts are not collecting any data about the number of people diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. And almost half (47%) are not recording the numbers fully.
Breast Cancer Care believes incomplete data for the number of people with incurable breast cancer is one of the major barriers to urgently needed improvements to poor care.
Ahead of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day today, Nic attended Breast Cancer Care’s parliamentary event - hosted by Sharon Hodgson MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer and new Shadow Public Health Minister - to meet women living with incurable breast cancer and call for an end to second-rate care.
“It is so important to show my support for women living with incurable secondary breast cancer. It is absolutely vital that this Breast Cancer Awareness Month people with incurable breast cancer are not forgotten.
It is disappointing to find out our Hospital Trust is not collecting data/is partially collecting data of the number of people diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. It must be made a priority that everyone diagnosed and living with the disease is counted.
I am calling on the Government to do more to support women and men affected by incurable breast cancer and make vital improvements to care.”
Danni Manzi, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, says:
“We are extremely grateful to Nic for joining us ahead of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day to show his support for our Secondary. Not second rate. campaign, improving care for incurable secondary breast cancer patients.
“There are still gaps in care for people with incurable breast cancer and consistent data collection is essential to enable crucial services and support to be planned effectively for people living with the disease.
“We are calling on the Government, Public Health England and NHS England to do all they can to ensure everyone with incurable breast cancer gets the best care possible.”
When time is uncertain, women with secondary breast cancer need to be certain of your support. Act today to improve care, visit breastcancercare.org.uk/secondary
Nic Dakin met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 12 October) to pledge his support for the charity’s campaign to ensure people with incurable secondary breast cancer no...
As Autumn begins, Labour’s difficult summer falls like last year’s leaves, allowing everyone to focus on the bare tree and ponder our future. What is the new English socialism needed to reshape the political landscape we can see on the 2030 horizon?
At the last general election, England shifted decisively blue. Today’s polls show us faring even worse, trailing by 17 per cent. The world is changing rapidly. And, whilst being true to our values, we need to change with it.
In an age of identity politics the loud shout of the English in voting “No” to the EU, is a call to be heard. To be listened to, to be taken seriously. We want to come out of Europe but we don’t want to lose out? How should Labour respond to this challenge? What is the Red Shift that puts Labour in the driving seat of these demanding and changing times?
Whilst trust in politics might be low, voters rightly have high expectations of us. They expect us to square the circle, to find a new way for England in the world which transforms our productivity and trade. Somewhere through the tangled devolution spaghetti of metro mayors, and other models, local Labour leaders must seize the opportunity to power and empower local communities.
In the next 15 years new technology and demographic shifts will transform the workplace. If Labour is to be the workers’ party it needs to be relevant to workers today and tomorrow. With the rise of the robots, and the return of the retired to the workplace, Labour needs to represent the interests and concerns of the new tech workers, the new English working class.
By 2020 more people will be self-employed than working in public services. What is Labour’s role in making their workplaces and working time safe and secure? What are the new factory Acts for the modern age? How do we ensure that the new public realm of 21 st century assets thrive to make England a better place? What will be the data Acts for the 21st century that ensure the governance of data is safe whilst allowing that data to drive the positive changes in healthcare, the environment and so on to improve our lives today and tomorrow?
We need new dynamic institutions to provide for us in old age, as we age longer and to deliver personal healthcare within a National Health Service. These are the known challenges: we also need to be ready for the unknown challenges!
In all of this Brand Labour needs to show how the “we” helps the “me”. There is no lack of appetite for collective, shared solutions. There are umpteen spontaneously spawned each day by citizens working together for their collective, common good. The challenge for Labour is to connect with these new forms of collaboration and cooperation.
Finally there is a confidence in England’s abilities to shape the world in a role outside the EU. An inner, Churchillian confidence that we can make things happen in a big-hearted way. Without arrogance we, Labour, must represent the best of that spirit to play our part, tackling the new risks rising on the world stage. The world is changing rapidly, England is changing rapidly. Labour must shift to meet these changes and these challenges, to win by finding the new solutions that better people’s lives.
Nic Dakin, along with fellow MPs Liam Byrne and Shabana Mahmood, and activist Caroline Badley, have written a third Red Shift report on Understanding England as it is – Inspiring England as it could be: England in 2030, A Report on New English Socialism.
Labour needs to change – call it a Red Shift – if it is to speak for the concerns of the new English working class. As Autumn begins, Labour’s difficult...