High Peak MP Andrew Bingham helped a Whaley Bridge firm take its concerns over the economy to the Government’s Small Business Minister at the House of Commons.
The Conservative MP attended the launch of the Get Britain Trading 2012 campaign with representatives of Whaley Bridge-based Country Attire.
The campaign was conceived by the not-for-profit Forum of Private Business to highlight the importance of small firms to the UK economy, and to lobby Government on behalf of its members to tackle common problems that prevent SMEs from growing and creating jobs.
Representatives from all the major political parties were joined by business leaders for the event, which was introduced by the Forum’s Chief Executive, Phil Orford.
Mr Orford said: “We want to celebrate the huge role played by small firms in the UK’s economy, cutting through the doom and gloom by sharing the real success stories that are out there – while at the same time recognising the work that still needs to be done to give entrepreneurs the best possible chance to turn the economy around.
“Assisting both start-ups and more established businesses to drive private sector growth is simply essential for the UK”
Mr Bingham said: “I have always said that small and medium sized businesses are the engine room of the economy. I’m also very glad that Country Attire were also able to come to the reception, and got a chance to put the concerns of High Peak businesses directly to the Minister.”
Business owners seeking more information about the Forum’s Business Buddy scheme or Get Britain Trading should email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fpb.org