Businesses get backing from Minister on tour to support entrepreneurs

GREATER Manchester businesses have been given the backing of a government minister on a tour to support entrepreneurs and look at opportunities across the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Ahead of the Manchester Mayoral elections in May, Conservative Small Business Minister Paul Scully took part in a number of events in the city centre to promote what the government is doing to support small businesses, including a roundtable at the Radisson Hotel in the city centre and a coffee afternoon with the Conservative Women’s Enterprise Group at the Business and IP Centre at the Central Library on St Peter’s Square. 

The roundtable, organised by not-for profit organisation helping UK businesses improve their productivity, Be the Business, was a chance for small and medium enterprises to discuss opportunities and how they want the government to help.

Commenting on the roundtable, Tony Danker, the Chief Executive of Be the Business, said: “Levelling up Britain must engage the thousands of small business owners in our country.

“How to do it quickly was the focus of our meeting today with the Minister and inspirational small businesses in the North West.

There’s a common vision and plan emerging, and the Minister is in prime position to make a real difference to regional economic growth”.

After the roundtable, Mr Scully met up with the Conservative Women’s Enterprise Group, which helps to support female entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses.

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The coffee afternoon was a chance for the Minister to discuss how the government is helping women who want to start up their own enterprises and further support those who are already in business.

Commenting on the day, he said: “It was great to be here in Manchester, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, which now competes on the world stage in business.

“It was good to hear from the business owners who took part in the roundtable as well as the women’s enterprise group and discuss how we can help going forward.

“The Prime Minister has made it clear on levelling up all regions of the country, which is why today was so important, to get feedback from those small and medium sized businesses who are helping to drive forward the economy across our regions.”

Wendy Maisey, from ICC Solutions added: “It was great to meet a minister who is really keen to support north west businesses. 

“We talked about women entrepreneurs and entry barriers to them starting their own business and how the government can assist.

“Finance is a huge issue and a lot of women struggle to secure it when they have an idea or business concept to get off the ground.”

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