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Cambridge small business owners quiz local MP

A round table lunch meeting between members who live in and run their businesses in Cambridge and  MP, Daniel Zeichner was held in city centre restaurant, Don Pasquale  to discuss issues affecting small businesses. 
The meeting was chaired by FSB’s lead member in Greater Cambridge, Alan Todd and was attended by 11 FSB members who have businesses in the constituency. 
A key item that was discussed was how local businesses have been affected by the culture of contracts going to larger conglomerates like Carillion and what a detrimental effect the culture of late payment and supply chain bullying is having on local, small businesses.  Other issues that were discussed were the effect of tourism on the city, crime against business and the difficulty in finding skilled employees.
Alan Todd, said: “We had very useful discussion with Daniel. He is clearly very supportive of the small business community in his constituency and he  listened very carefully to our concerns. He was happy to help with getting them raised in parliament.”
Mr Zeichner said: “It was great to meet FSB members who represented many sectors from our small businesses community, from high-tech and green tech. business through to construction, retail and professional services.   Small businesses make up the life blood of the city, contributing to more than half of all employment and they are fully immersed in Cambridge life. We had a great discussion in which they gave me real life examples of issues around corporate bullying and how business crime is dealt with .  I gave them my commitment to help address these issues.”