By Max Clarke

The celebrated recruitment entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den panellist, James Caan, has pledged his support for Get Britain Trading — a campaign which was recently launched by the Forum of Private Business to highlight the huge contribution smaller businesses make to the UK economy.

"Sustainable economic recovery in the UK can ultimately be achieved by boosting and supporting our small and medium-sized businesses,” said Caan.

"Those businesses that have survived the recession have proven their strength and durability and I believe that with the right support, many of them could be very successful indeed.

The Forum, which is a not-for-profit support organisation for smaller firms, is also using Get Britain Trading to call on the Government to tackle persistent problems affecting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) including late payment, access to finance and excessive red tape.

Commenting on receiving the backing of James Caan, the Forum's Head of Campaigns, Jane Bennett, said: "We're absolutely delighted to have someone with James' profile, experience and knowledge lend their support to Get Britain Trading.

"As someone who has started, invested in and grown countless small businesses, James is one of the best-qualified people imaginable to back the campaign and endorse its aim of boosting the fortunes of Britain's vital SME sector.
"However we still the support of ordinary business owners across the UK if we are to make the campaign a success so please visit the Get Britain Trading website — — and sign our pledge!"

James, who regularly invests, advises and helps to grow SMEs, added: "I hope that Get Britain Trading will continue to raise awareness of the issues that small firms face and that the Government will take further action to enable small businesses to grow for the benefit of Britain's economy.

Continued Caan: "I have seen a great deal of businesses recently that have made cuts to survive the recession and have now stagnated in their growth. It is the responsibility of the Government and also the larger business community to support these businesses to help them return to growth and Get Britain Trading."