Secretary Vince Cable and FSB National Chairman John Allan visit
FSB members in Liverpool and Sefton
ON Thursday, 13
February 2014, the UK's Business Secretary, Vince Cable joined
the FSB National Chairman John Allan on visit to FSB members in
Liverpool and Sefton.
During the visit he looked at promoting the upcoming
International Festival for Business, which is estimated to
generate over £100 million inward investment to the UK. The
Festival will bring global businesses to Liverpool to create
international and domestic commercial opportunities for UK
companies of all sizes. Over 200 business events will take place
attracting an expected 50,000 delegates across 50 days in June
and July 2014.
The Business Secretary and John Allan's visit started at
Tapper's Cafe Bar, located in Union Street, Southport, where he
spoke to local business owners at a roundtable meeting chaired
by Mr Allan.
The roundtable was followed by a working lunch at Jade Gardens
Chinese Restaurant, in Ainsdale, with leaders from the Chinese
Business Community from across the North West. The party then
traveled to South Road, in Waterloo, to meet FSB members
including estate agent Logic Estates and The Dressing Room, a
Then the party headed over to 2 of the FSB's successful
engineering employers in Bootle; Fazakerley Rewinds Ltd, a
long-term supplier to Bombardier which last week won the £1
billion contract to build trains for London's Crossrail project,
and Merseyside Ship Repairers Ltd.
The day concluded at the Liverpool Athenaeum in the City Centre,
where Dr Cable was greeted by FSB activists from the Merseyside,
West Cheshire and Wigan regional committee, before he addressed
an audience of around 100 members from across the region.
Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and
Skills, said:- "There is no question that Liverpool has
emerged as the place where world class companies can do serious
business. As host of the International Festival for Business
this summer, the city will be the destination for hundreds of
businesses from around the world looking to do deals with
British companies. The focus of my visit today will be on the
vibrant small business community in the north west. Like many
across the UK small businesses here have shown impressive
resilience during these past few years. Local firms like Fazakerley Rewinds Ltd and Merseyside Ship Repairers have built
on their strengths and are seizing opportunities to grow. The
Government has made progress in improving the environment for
small business but the job is far from done. We need to work
harder to help businesses get the finance they need, make sure
they're paid on time, reform business rates and make it easier
for employers to hire the right people. Getting this right will
help us achieve a balanced, sustainable recovery."
John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
and an official IFB Ambassador, said:- "FSB members and
activists are the business leaders working tirelessly in every
village, town and city to drive economic growth in this country
and I am delighted the Business Secretary is joining me in
Liverpool and Sefton to see this for himself. From manufacturers
and engineers to retailers and employers of all sectors, we are
pleased to be able to provide our members with a platform to air
their views and a forum to hear about the Government's
enterprise policies, courtesy of Dr Cable. The International
Festival for Business, which will be the most significant event
dedicated to industry and commerce for a generation, is to take
place in Liverpool in the summer so it is fitting the Business
Secretary has come to an area that has struggled in the past but
which is experiencing its own business-led renaissance.
International trade delegations here for the festival to
discover the export potential of UK firms will undoubtedly see
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