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Go girl. Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, (for those who didn’t know that), has been speaking up for small and medium sized businesses.

Speaking at a roundtable gathering, she said that SMEs – defined as those with a workforce under 250 employees “are the backbone of the British economy, and the government will be engaging them fully in the effort to create a more productive, higher skill economy, and one that is open to new technologies and opportunities.”

She said: “It will also be vital that SMEs are able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Brexit.” The Prime Minister is asking small businesses for their views on the negotiations to exit the European Union – and how the government can help them seize new opportunities, particularly on exports.

Ahead of the meeting, she said: “I want to build an economy that works for all, and that means working with, and listening to, smaller firms. The priorities I have set: a more productive, skilled workforce, an economy balanced across the UK and open to new opportunities, can only be achieved if we listen to these businesses.

“This isn’t about dry economics. Britain’s 5.4 million small and medium-sized businesses provide people with jobs, put food on families’ tables and underpin the strength of our economy. They are a fundamental part of my vision of building a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I also want those firms, across all the sectors of our economy, to be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Brexit, such as exporting to new destinations.”