Following extensive research, the Forum of Private Business has launched the Business Buddy scheme. During recent studies conducted by the FPB, just under 75 percent of members expressed a desire for MPs to concentrate on the small businesses in their local constituencies. As a result, FPB launched Business Buddy, which is part of a campaign to show how important small businesses are for economic growth. The Get Britain Trading campaign has support from businesses, politicians and entrepreneurs, including James Caan, who previously starred in “Dragons’ Den“.
Business Buddy provides an opportunity for politicians to spend time with local businesses in their area, gaining valuable work experience. MPs will see first hand the issues which face small businesses on a daily basis, hampering their efforts for growth and job creation. David Cameron, Prime Minister is eager for politicians to take part in the scheme, so that they gain an insight into the daily problems facing businesses. He said:
“To make this a reality, we need to understand the real issues small businesses face on a day-to-day basis and use that information to help ensure entrepreneurs are given every opportunity to successfully start and grow their businesses.”
David Cameron has high praise for the diversity of businesses in his constituency, West Oxfordshire. Andy Burnham, the shadow education secretary and Vince Cable, the business secretary are showing their support for the scheme by joining Business Buddy. It is hoped that the scheme will tackle some of the barriers for small businesses, which are preventing growth and creation of jobs.
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