MP and SME leaders meet to discuss ongoing concerns

When the Amersham and Chesham MP met with local SME business leaders, the hot button issues were business rates, youth unemployment, and high speed broadband. Cherl Gillian talked over many of the local concerns with representatives from the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) at her office last week. In attendance was the FSB development manager Robyn Bourne from Thames Valley Region and the Branch Chairmen for South Bucks and Aylesbury Rodney Mallinson.

Gillian told the pair that SMEs are the backbone of the economy and it is very important that local authorities help to inspire new and budding entrepreneurs to continue to found businesses. She went on to say that she was very happy to talk about the many initiatives that are under way in Amersham and Chesham to help inspire small business. In addition, Gillian said that the thriving business in the area is a result of the many businesses that are working hard and investing back into the area.

Bourne stated that meetings with the MPs are an invaluable tool since they allow the FSB to then judge how a constituency member operates in Thames Valley. She explained that this helps them to see if small business needs are going to be pushed forward or not. She added that it offers them a great chance to see how everyone can work together for local business.

In addition, Bourne added that meetings with the councilwoman are a good opportunity to raise concerns that some members may have about small business in the region, because when more voices are heard then small business concerns can be addressed. The FSB believes that strong community involvement helps to foster strong small businesses within any local council.