Fo­cus­ing on the ‘en­gine room of our econ­omy’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Ch­eryl Gil­lan MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham

OVER the past few months there has been a line in the di­ary be­tween ‘pre-elec­tion’ and ‘post-elec­tion’, so I am very grate­ful in­deed to peo­ple in my con­stituency who have sup­ported me so that I am now back as your MP.

One of the en­gage­ments which was put into place be­fore the elec­tion, with the pro­viso ‘sub­ject to what hap­pens on May 7’, was the very pleas­ant duty of wel­com­ing mem­bers of the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses to a re­cep­tion at the House of Com­mons.

This is ac­tu­ally for all the con­stituen­cies in the Thames Val­ley area, for which I agreed to act as host. A wide range of small and medium-sized en­ter­prises will be rep­re­sented at the meet­ing. I and my Par­lia­men­tary col­leagues will be hear­ing the views of busi­ness peo­ple from this im­por­tant sec­tor.

Small busi­nesses in our area re­ally are the en­gine room of our econ­omy. With­out the small busi­nesses, we would not have the range of ser­vices which we need, for many larger en­ter­prises rely on the in­put of the smaller sub-con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers. That is one rea­son why I would al­ways urge the larger or­gan­i­sa­tions to have poli­cies in place to make sure that their small sup­pli­ers are paid promptly, be­cause the smaller busi­nesses of­ten don’t have the mar­gins to ex­tend long-term credit.

I have pointed this out be­fore, but, if ev­ery small busi­ness took on one em­ployee, there would be no un­em­ploy­ment. Full em­ploy­ment was one of the goals set out in the leg­is­la­tion an­nounced in the Queen’s Speech at the end of May.

Another goal is to re­duce reg­u­la­tion on small busi­nesses which I am sure will be wel­comed by all those peo­ple who would much rather get on with their firm’s ac­tiv­i­ties, rather than ‘work­ing for the gov­ern­ment’!

There are plans to cre­ate a Small Busi­ness Con­cil­i­a­tion Ser­vice which could help prob­lems such as that of late pay­ment. Busi­ness rates is another area for ac­tion, ahead of the 2017 reval­u­a­tion.

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