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Former Transport Secretary gets on the road with FSB

The former Transport Secretary, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, has heard from local FSB representatives on what the Government and political parties can do to help small businesses. 

It follows a meeting between Sir Patrick, the MP for Derbyshire Dales, and FSB Development Manager for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Mike Watkinson, and FSB Area Volunteer Lead Mark Chimley. 

A number of issues were discussed including focusing on the right kind of transport spending for small businesses and how the current business rates system is negatively affecting local entrepreneurs. 

Mike and Mark also emphasised the danger of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit for enterprise with business certainty and the ability for small businesses to trade freely at risk.

Other issues talked about at Sir Patrick’s constituency office in Matlock included free or reduced parking to boost retailers and the problems for small businesses surrounding the Government’s management of apprenticeships. 

Mike Watkinson, FSB Development Manager for Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, said: “I was delighted to give a detailed briefing to Sir Patrick on FSB policy asks and hope he will keep this in mind now when in Westminster. 

“I was particularly heartened to hear, as a former Transport Secretary, Sir Patrick understands that what could be considered smaller infrastructure projects such as keeping roads smooth by fixing potholes are really important to FSB members. 

“That he also agrees business rates are in need of urgent reform is also very promising – here at the FSB we see the current system as outdated with fresh new thinking from the Government on how the rates work required.”