Friday, October 7, 2022

Thurrock Labour candidate signs up as real-life entreprenuer champion

POLLY Billington, Labour’s candidate to fight Thurrock at the next General Election, is the latest to sign as an Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion.

Essex FSB spokesman for Thurrock, Steve Dickinson, said: “Essex FSB is delighted that Polly Billington has agreed to become a Real Life Entrepreneur Champion as it is important that senior local politicians understand the needs of local businesses and Polly, as a close ally of the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, is in an ideal position to brief him on the challenges facing small businesses.

“In her role as Real-Life Entrepreneur Champion she is committing to:

Listen to the concerns of Real Life Entrepreneurs and champion their cause

Represent the interests of Real Life Entrepreneurs on a national and local level

Recognise the many thousands of hardworking entrepreneurs that support the UK economy

Support the FSB in its endeavours to get the best deal for Real Life Entrepreneurs.

“We look forward to working with her to achieve these objectives to support the 68,000 small businesses in the county.”

“I am also keen to continue to visit local firms as I fully recognise the important role that SMEs have in revitalising the UK economy.

“Essex FSB has a well deserved reputation for the tenacity of its support for small businesses in the county and we are working together on some very successful campaigns which are bringing benefits for local business people across Thurrock.

“I am pleased to again publicly demonstrate my commitment to the entrepreneurs who create economic wealth and jobs in our county by becoming a Real Life Entrepreneur Champion for Essex FSB.”


  1. Shock, Horror, Labour Politician in publicity shoot prior to the elections, this is going to be a long couple of months….

  2. “as a close ally of the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, is in an ideal position to brief him on the challenges facing small businesse”

    Is this the FSB trying to get a free dinner with Ed Miliband?

  3. What has Polly done career wise to justify being an entreprenuer champion?

    Has she started and run any business, employed people, faced the hardships many business are facing in this prolonged recession?

    From what I can see she has only ever been on the public payroll while working as a reporter for the BBC and then receiving more taxpayers cash while working as Milibands flunky.

  4. Labour supporting entreprenuers? I can’t stop laughing.
    I suppose she could ask the union bosses how to run a successful business. They seem to be rolling in it!

  5. Random Tangents, I don’t think this is about “more valuable” or “less valuable”, it’s about whether this is sensible or electioneering.

    For example, I am a trainee accountant, working my way through my studies whilst gaining hands-on experience with my employer. In 5 years time, I hope to be a qualified accountant, and maybe I will get involved in a scheme to encourage more young college leavers to study AAT and begin working their way into the profession. This is something I have some experience of.

    What I am unlikely to do is get involved in a scheme mentoring trainee chefs. I am not a chef, in fact, I am a terrible cook, and there would be very little point in me attempting to mentor young people trying to master the finer points of souffle.

    Polly Billington, so far was we can tell, has spent her entire career as a PR woman then spin doctor, climbing the greasy poll of politics. She’s a Westminster villager, with a knowledge of political spin and a world where promotion depends on knowing the right people.

    The question being asked is what experience does she have to be an “Entrepreneur Champion”? Can she actually provide any useful support to the scheme? Or is she just electioneering, signing up for this, firing off another Polly PR Press release and then moving on to the next PR stunt?


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