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University hosts Round Table meeting held between new MP and small business owners

A meeting between members of the Hertfordshire branch who live in or run their businesses in Welwyn and Hatfield and MP, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps was hosted by the University of Hertfordshire Business School in Hatfield to discuss issues affecting small businesses. 
 
The meeting was chaired by Professor Damian Ward, Dean of the Business School and was attended by 14 business people from the consistency.
 
The meeting was held to discuss issues that are important to members the including  how proximity to the London, high rents and permitted development which allowed business premises to be converted to residential was having a detrimental effect on small businesses in the area. They also talked about how to attract young people into local businesses and what the forthcoming budget on the November 22 needed to do for small business growth. 
 
Pam Charman, chair of the Hertfordshire branch of  FSB said: “We had very useful discussion with Grant.  He is clearly very supportive of the small business community in his constituency and he  listened very carefully to our concerns  and was happy to help with getting them raised in parliament.”
 
Professor Ward said: “Whilst we have a national and international reputation for business, we are also here to help the local business community by enabling entrepreneurship and great business skills from our students and providing courses relevant for existing business managers. Hosting and chairing this meeting helps us to better understand local business issues and is another example of how we are helping to support  a thriving business community in Welwyn and Hatfield.” 

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Pictured: Lynne Stevens, from the Hertfordshire Business School, The Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, Professor Damian Ward and Pam Charman