Emma Jones MBE
Enterprise Nation & Crown Rep for SMEs
Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm’s Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK.
In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate. After 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc.
The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website.
The company has since expanded to become a small business community of over 75,000 people who benefit from business books, events and funding: online, in print and in person.
Enterprise Nation also presents a campaigning voice to government and the media on behalf of its members.
2:10 pm - 2:30 pm
SMEs: Steady progress in opening up the public sector supply chain
Theatre: Finance and Corporate
Across all tiers of government, more progress is being made in bringing SMEs into the wider public sector supply chain than is widely understood. This session will take a data-led approach to highlighting areas of success in SME inclusion and sharing best practice to build on the current momentum. For this panel, discussion topics will include:
- Overlooked “good news story” on SME inclusion
- Benchmarking by category, sector and region
- Why it matters
- Best practice and resources for you to keep up the momentum