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Small Business Commissioner meets York entrepreneurs

More than fifty small business representatives and city leaders held talks with the Small Business Commissioner, at a joint event organised the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and City of York Council.
 
On the final day of York Business Week, speakers from York City Council, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP and the FSB presented a regional view of the small business support landscape, while Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal held a Q&A for businesses on late payments and government policy.  
 
Cllr Keith Aspden, executive member of economic development and community engagement for City of York Council, said: This event was organised solely to focus our attentions on providing support for small businesses in York.  The Q&A was an excellent opportunity for small businesses to speak directly to those who can be of assistance, including; the Small Business Commissioner, City of York Council, the Federation of Small Businesses and the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.”
 
Cllr Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, added: “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses for this exclusive event with the Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal, and were delighted to welcome him to York so that we can provide support direct to small businesses.”
 
Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, said: “York and the wider Yorkshire region has a strong small business eco-system and it was great to hear some of their inspiring stories at the event, but also the challenges they face in driving forward their enterprises. Through my role I aim to give small businesses the support they deserve, in particular to ensure fair payment practices, which are essential in helping them to thrive.”
The event was followed by an afternoon summit, with representatives from the public and private sector, setting out an economic vision for the City of York. The summit titled “Where next for York?” included a keynote from Juliette Healy from the Bank of England, presenting the economic prospects for the region. 
 
Carolyn Frank, FSB Development Manager for North Yorkshire, said:“These events were another excellent chance for businesses both large and small to meet, to network, and to discuss how to improve our local and national economy. 
 
“The York Business Week programme has provoked many useful conversations for the future between businesses and other key stakeholders in the City. With a growing membership of 800+ in York, FSB is encouraged by the business focus, especially on supporting small businesses, by York City Council.”
 
“We need action on so many issues to stem the rising costs of doing business, including action from Government on late payment. Hosting the Small Business Commissioner in our region helped us to once again highlight that late payments are holding back our small businesses.  
 
“I congratulate all involved in York Business Week for their ambitious programme and successful events, and look forward to collaborating further to help small businesses across the City achieve their ambitions.”