A round table lunch meeting between members and Heidi Allen MP, Interim leader of Change UK – The Independent Group, was held at her constituency office on Friday 26 April
Chaired by FSB’s policy lead for the East of England, Alan Todd, and attended by five small business owners, a range of issues affecting small business were discussed.
The road network in Cambridgeshire, including some of the promised improvements to the transport infrastructure that continue to cause difficulties to businesses in the area, were key areas of discussion. Other issues raised included access to skilled labour, local housing provision and the rising cost of running a small business, such as the cost of work-based pensions and business rates.
Alan Todd said: “This was a very interesting meeting and I am very pleased that Mrs Allen listened to many of the concerns that affect small businesses at the moment. There are many unknowns surrounding Brexit and locally our members have to contend with worry about how they are going to find the people and the resources they need to fulfil customer demand in these uncertain times.
He continued. “Ms Allen, comes from a small business background and has always been happy to support the small businesses in South Cambridgeshire. We look forward to working with her to tackle some of the on-going issues our members face.”
Mrs Allen said: “It is always good to meet FSB representatives and local members from the small business community. We had an open and frank discussion about some of the challenges facing small business in these uncertain times; some directly relevant to the South Cambridgeshire constituency whilst others I’m sure would resonate with small businesses across the country. Having run my own company, I understand the hard work that goes in to building a successful small business and assured members of my continued to support both as local MP and in my new leadership role with Change UK- The Independent Group.”