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Treasury Minister speaks to FSB members about key issues


The MP for Newark and Government Treasury Minister has been quizzed by just under a dozen Federation of Small Business (FSB) as part of a special breakfast roundtable. 

Robert Jenrick was in the hot seat to discuss issues including the problem of late payments to small businesses and the patchy economic confidence of entrepreneurs during the current Brexit uncertainty.   

More local problems facing small business including infrastructure issues in Newark were also discussed with Mr Jenrick who holds the position of Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. 

Robert Jenrick said: “Not only as a Treasury Minister but as local MP too I was delighted to meet with FSB members in my constituency to hear what they need to grow and be successful. 

“The FSB does a fantastic job at voicing the concerns and aspirations as of its members and the small business community in general and I will always be ready to listen and help. 

“The Government will continue to work with the organisation to help small businesses as we already have been doing with business rates relief and new funds to regenerate town centres.”  

The hour-long roundtable took place at the Everyday Champions Centre located at Brunel Business Park in Newark.

It was chaired by Michael Weedon, FSB East Midlands Policy Representative and Chair of the FSB’s Retail & High Street Policy Unit. 

Michael added: “The FSB has a very good relationship with MPs across the East Midlands and I would like to thank Robert for taking time out from his very busy schedule to take part in this roundtable. 

“Lobbying is a key part of the FSB’s DNA and we have had some great successes over the years from talking to Government such as getting more help for the self-employed and hope for more in the future. 

“As a member-led organisation all our policy asks are sourced by hearing from and surveying thousands of our members giving us a clear and visible evidence of what changes are needed.”