MP to carry our ‘work experience’ at Gloucestershire firm
16 July 2012
Lobby group’s Business Buddy scheme comes to Tewkesbury
MP Laurence Robertson will visit a Tewkesbury business next Friday, July 20, to carry out a ‘work experience’ placement.
Mr Robertson will be at the town’s Precision Engineering Pieces on Ashchurch Business Centre from 10.30am.
He is visiting as part of the Forum of Private Business’s ‘Business Buddy’ scheme, a project which puts politicians into work placements in their constituency for them to see firsthand the real contribution small firms make to the UK economy. The visits are also a chance for MPs to hear firsthand the issues faced by small firms because of the current economic climate.
Previous political placements elsewhere in the UK have included Business Secretary MP Vince Cable at a furniture manufacturer, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham at a chemical factory, and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, who took to the tills at a fruit and vegetable shop in Brighton. Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin also visited a West Dorset pie shop.
Ahead of next week’s visit Laurence said: “I used to work in small businesses and so understand the value of such firms to the economy and to local employment, as well as to customers and the communities they exist in.
“Small business face many pressures and I want to continue to keep in touch with them by visiting as many as possible.”
Precision Engineering Pieces MD, John Hawkins, said: “Our main interest is how the Government plans to help small businesses. We hear all the time that small firms are the future of the UK economy, delivering growth and jobs, but they keep putting obstacles in our way.
“We would like to hear how the Coalition are going to achieve this,” he added.
Forum spokesman Robert Downes added: “Business Buddy is a great opportunity for politicians to meet entrepreneurs in their constituency and hear the real concerns of small business.
“Change can only come if there is meaningful dialogue between politicians and those who are actually at the sharp end of business.”
If you are sending a reporter or photographer and need to speak to the company before the visit, please contact John on 01684 850092
The Forum of Private Business press office team can be contacted on 01565 626016 www.fpb.org