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Norfolk MP meets with FSB members

FSB representatives joined the MP for Mid Norfolk in visiting a small business in the market town of Dereham to hear about its successes and challenges. 

George Freeman MP, along with FSB Norfolk Chair David Howell, met representatives of Westcotec, a company that designs, manufactures and installs speed and warning signs. 



Phil Hayton, Westcotec Managing Director, described some of the projects that had driven the company’s growth in recent months, and the importance of innovation in meeting customers’ needs. 

He also outlined some of the big challenges that the company has had to confront, such as a complex regulatory framework. Late payments, on which the FSB has campaigned strongly over the past year, had also been an issue for the firm. 

FSB Development Manager Andrew Mower, who attended the visit, said: “Westcotec provided some invaluable insights into the way that a local small business is adapting at a challenging time in order to continue its growth.

“We’re very grateful to George for coming to meet one of our members and to hear first-hand about some of the priority areas for the small business community in the months ahead.”

George Freeman MP said:  “Having run a small business myself I’m passionate about the small businesses which are the backbone of our local economy. 

“That’s why one of my central missions as an MP and a former Business Minister has been doing everything I can to support the hard-working entrepreneurs and small-business owners in our area, setting up my Business Spotlight, Small Business Manifesto, Norfolk Way Project, Rural Enterprise Bursaries, and the first ever Norfolk Innovation Awards.”