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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Stephen Lloyd becomes national ambassador for Federation of Small Businesses

March 21, 2011 12:25 PM

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd has become an Ambassador for the Federation of Small Businesses 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. He recently met with local FSB representatives to discuss how small business in Eastbourne could be helped by the Government to develop, to create jobs and to grow the local economy.

One of the things that was talked about was the announcement by the Prime Minister of a series of measures designed to help small firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts. A new 'contracts finder' website has been launched to give businesses an easier way to locate information about upcoming contracts which have until now effectively shut out small businesses who cannot afford to take the time to fill in dozens of pages of forms.

Stephen said: "I am delighted to have become an FSB ambassador. This is an area to which I have devoted a huge amount of time and energy over the past months. It is absolutely vital to the economy of Eastbourne and the UK that we support our independent small and medium-sized businesses and allow them to flourish. I am glad that the Coalition Government has realised this too and has decided to reduce the huge burden of regulation on these companies. Having already held a procurement conference in Eastbourne and soon to publish a procurement toolkit expressly for local traders, I am very happy to see that the rest of the UK is following where Eastbourne leads!"

Arthur Mapletoft, Chair of the Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses said:

"We are delighted that Stephen has decided to become a Parliamentary champion for the FSB and particularly an Ambassador for the 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. He does unstinting work, campaigning for small business interests in Eastbourne and it is marvellous to see him extending this to supporting the FSB nationally in Parliament. With the VAT increase, fuel prices, recent severe weather and public sector cuts, small businesses have a lot to contend with in 2011 and we need people like Stephen Lloyd out front campaigning for us."