A DAY to provide small businesses from across the High Peak with valuable information has been hailed a success.
Mark Hoban MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, travelled from London to attend the day organised by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, in conjunction with Barclays Business.
The day included presentations by PKF Accountants, NEST (National Employee Savings Trust) and BT. They were held in Barclays’ ‘Mobile Presentation Suite’ – an extendable articulated lorry – brought to Buxton especially for the day.
There were also various exhibitions from the Federation of Small Businesses, the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, the National Apprenticeship Service and two local councils.
Mr Hoban said: “I was delighted to see so many small businesses from the High Peak and get the chance to meet and discuss their problems. Andrew’s idea for the small business day was an excellent one and it was a great success.”
Nigel Murphy, Barclays Business Manager, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of Britain’s economy and it’s important to support their ongoing efforts in such challenging market conditions.
“Businesses in Buxton have shown their resilience through the recent downturn and this event will provide the tools to help them plan the next stage of their development as the country pulls out of recession.”
The High Peak MP said: “I organised the day to give small businesses access to advice that they might not otherwise have been able to get, and I’m pleased that so many people came up to me to tell me how useful the day was to them.
“I’d like to thank Barclays for bringing their lorry to hold the presentations in, and for getting Robert Craven to give such an interesting and motivating presentation.
“I also want to thank PKF, NEST and BT for their presentations, and most of all Mark Hoban for coming all the way up from London to speak to the small businesses.
“Having held information days for both charities and businesses in the High Peak this year, I’m now considering what other events I can organise to help people in the High Peak, and I would welcome any suggestions that people may have,” he added.