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Dean is the Small Business Ambassador for the South West Region and is actively engaged with small businesses, founders and entrepreneurs to hear your views on issues, opportunities and ideas for post-COVID recovery.

Small Business Ambassador

Dean has been appointed as a regional Small Business Ambassador.

The scheme was unveiled to mark Small Business Saturday in 2020 to enable MPs to be a voice to enterprises and help shape crucial government policy.

Dean is one of twelve Members of Parliament hand-picked to represent Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and every English region. The team is designed to bring a wide range of experience and represents every region, reinforcing the commitment to level up across the country.

Dean wants to hear from small businesses across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex to join roundtables and engage to inform government policy.

To find out more about roundtables in your area, email Dean at: 


Dean Russell MP Do you run a small business?

Small Business Minister Visits Watford

Paul Scully, the Minister for Small Business was in Watford with Dean Russell to see how messaging service WhatsApp are helping local businesses creatively use their app.

The visit marked the launch of the UK’s first “WhatsApp High Street” on Market Street.

WhatsApp is delivering a bespoke training programme on the WhatsApp Business App for local small businesses, to help them navigate the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, including social distancing and customer retention.

Following the visot Dean commented: “It’s great to see small businesses in Watford using WhatsApp Business. This partnership is a great way of supporting small businesses and our High Streets and local economies. Market Street is home to a wonderful variety of local businesses, and it is fantastic that they have a new tool to help them engage with their customers and grow their business.”


We want Britain to be the best country in the world to start and grow a business – a place where entrepreneurs know they can build on their ideas and find success.

Did you know that the Conservative Party has a dedicated 'Business Membership' which gives you the opportunity to ensure the Party, its values and policies are rooted in the businesses that are the backbone of Britain.


What Membership Entitles You To:

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Tell us what you think: Take part in four video conferencing calls a year with senior members of the party to discuss business issues.

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Stay up-to-date: A weekly Business Briefing from the Conservative Research Department, including a look at the week in politics and its effect on the business community.

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Get answers to your questions: A monthly conference call with Conservative Research Department experts, so you can ask about how what’s going on will shape your business.

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Tell us how your business is doing: Participate in the monthly Business Sentiment Index tracker survey so we know your views on the party and the economy.

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Get answers to your questions: A monthly conference call with Conservative Research Department experts, so you can ask about how what’s going on will shape your business.

In order to access this bespoke membership, you must be:

  • An existing member of the Conservative Party.  If you are not already a member of the Conservative Party, sign up today by clicking here.

  • The owner of a business or businesses, none of which have more than 249 employees.

  • The business(es) must be registered in the UK with Companies House, or you must be a sole proprietor.


Join the Business Membership today for £250