Former Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council Jason Kitcat has joined forces with us to campaign for the rights of freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
In his new position as Crunch Ambassador, Jason will represent the UK’s 5 million micro-business owners to give them a voice to influence government.
Yesterday Jason attended a roundtable at the start of the Labour Party Conference, where he discussed innovation in the tech and digital sector. The meeting was chaired by Hove MP Peter Kyle, with Anneliese Dodds MEP, Stephen Kinnock MP and Stephen Timms MP also present.
This week he will also submit two responses to government consultations, calling for a simpler approach to the complex IR35 tax rules and proposed changes to travel and subsistence expenses.
“Having started and run a number of my own businesses I know exactly how it feels to be taking the leap on your own. As Crunch’s ambassador I’ll be listening to the concerns of Britain’s small business owners and ensuring their voice is heard. Despite micro-businesses being 96% of all UK businesses their needs are too often ignored and misunderstood by those shaping our economy. One of the first issues I’ll be tackling is the Chancellor’s planned changes to dividend taxes, which we believe will unfairly affect middle earners more than the higher earners.”
Our CEO Darren Fell added:
“The freelance and micro-business community is one of the fastest growing, yet grossly under represented sectors of the country’s economy.
Ill-conceived legislation like IR35 already creates a huge compliance headache for the freelance community, and based on the amount our clients pay every year to stay compliant, is costing the sector around £6.5m a year. With this government’s plan to strengthen the legislation, these figures will only go up.
We are delighted to be working with Jason to finally give the UK’s freelancers and small business owners a powerful voice in government. Having previously run tech businesses, he’s the natural choice to help create truly meaningful changes for the nation’s army of small business owners.”
About Jason Kitcat
Jason started his first successful businesses as a teenager at school, developing software and servicing computers. He went on to found and co-found a number of digital businesses serving sectors such as educational alumni associations, online recruitment and business consultancy.
He has had a successful political career in local government, serving for eight years as a councillor concluding with an award-winning three-year term as Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. As Council Leader Jason served on regional and national boards promoting business and economic development.
Over his career Jason has also served in campaigning and leadership roles for a number of third sector organisations.
He is now campaigning with the over 45,000 micro-businesses that are part of Crunch’s community to represent their voices to government.