MP pledges to do the business to support small companies

  • 4-4-2012
Listening: Nick de Bois with members of the Federation Of Small Businesses

Listening: Nick de Bois with members of the Federation Of Small Businesses

AFTER a disastrous post-budget week for the government, Enfield North MP Nick de Bois has pledged to become a champion for small businesses in the borough as a means of eradicating the country’s economic plight.

The Conservative MP signed a pledge in his constituency office in Hertford Road on Friday to fight the corner of small and micro businesses across Enfield.

His promise came during a meeting with the Enfield branch of the Federation for Small Businesses when business owners lobbied Mr de Bois, a former company executive, to use his Westminster position to fight for axing red tape regulations.

According to Matthew Jaffa, senior development manager for the FSB, getting politicians to champion small businesses is vital to help “with access to loans and finance which is key to their development”.
Mr Jaffa went on: “We think initiatives, such as supply chain finance where big companies loan or invest capital in smaller companies, would be very beneficial to local small businesses.”

At the meeting business owners, including Karen Mercer who owns and runs My Coffee Stop on platform one at Enfield Chase Station, in Windmill Hill, put their case to the MP, who used the meeting to outline his plans for increasing local apprenticeship schemes.

The MP’s vocal commitment to the gathered business leaders came after some pointed to the cost involved in taking on an apprentice, particularly for micro businesses who might employ only three or four people and would be put off employing an extra pair of hands.

“I am aiming to get 100 companies who haven’t thought about the value of apprenticeships together to talk about putting in place 100 apprentices for 100 businesses,” he said. “We can make an offer of help to those businesses to show them how they can benefit from the apprenticeship scheme.”

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