I took part in a panel discussion in Parliament hosted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) to discuss issues affecting small businesses today.

Chaired by Julia Hartley-Brewer, the main topic of discussion was, of course, Brexit, but there was also a lot of interesting discussion on airport expansion and the apprenticeship levy.

dscn1160I followed this up with a meeting with the Secretary of the North Surrey branch of the FSB, as well as local members in the area. I want to thank the FSB for inviting me to be part of this panel discussion and for meeting with me in Sutton afterwards.

As someone who has run businesses for most of their adult life, I know the issues that small businesses can face. I am committed to helping small independent shops in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. This is why one of my election campaign pledges was to secure more free parking and why I run my Independent Shops Competition, which I began as a candidate.