Labour candidates getting down to business

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A world leading scientific glass blowing company in Bletchley and a local micro-brewery were amongst the highlights for a small business road show across the borough by Labour Parliamentary candidates for Milton Keynes, Andrew Pakes and Emily Darlington.

The Labour candidates have been out meeting small firms across Milton Keynes to hear more about their needs and why they chose to build and grow their business in the city.

Milton Keynes has a vibrant small business sector with more than 81 per cent of businesses having less than 10 employees. The business birth rate in the city in 2011 was 13.2 per cent compared to the average in England of 11.4 per cent.

Andrew Pakes, Labour candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our city’s economy. We have an amazing number of small businesses and start-ups, and should be supporting them to deliver the sustained growth we need in the borough.

“Their insight and experience can help point the way to making MK the best place in the UK to start a new business.”

Emily Darlington, Labour candidate for Milton Keynes North, said: “Milton Keynes was built by pioneering people and it is that spirit we saw in business people across the city. But the recession and loss of consumer confidence caused by Tory cuts has meant difficult times.

“Small businesses in Milton Keynes need a council and government who understand their needs and create an environment for them to thrive.”

Andrew Pakes and Emily Darlington are pictured watching William Fludgate at work at BioChem Ltd in Bletchley.