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Round Table meeting held with Cambridgeshire Metro Mayor

A meeting between two regional chairs and three branch chairs the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was held at East Cambridgeshire District Council recently to discuss issues affecting small businesses. 

Graham Buck, regional chairman of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire branch along with regional chairman for Lincolnshire and Peterborough, Doug Balderson and the three branch chairs. Alan Todd from Greater Cambridge, Malcolm Lyons from Huntingdonshire and Aasiyah Joseph from Peterborough came to represent the views of small businesses throughout the region. 

The meeting was held to discuss issues that are important to the 35,000 businesses in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including, an update on details about working with other authorities within the area and what the Combined Authority see as added value.  They also discussed progress on infrastructure projects and rural broadband.

Mr Palmer also shared his thoughts on the future of apprenticeships and how technology will change the employment needs of agriculture in the region. 

Graham Buck, said: “We had very useful discussion with Mr Palmer in which he gave us an update on how he sees his role including how he intends to help small businesses find the skills they need to address shortages in the region.”

James Palmer said: “ I was very pleased that the FSB came to see me. Small businesses are the life blood of the region contributing to more than half of all employment and they are fully immersed in their local communities. We had a great discussion in which they outlined issues that get in the way of small business growth including skills shortages and businesses rates, I gave them my commitment to address these issues.