Milton Keynes businesses send message to politicians: Get off our backs!

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ANGRY business leaders have given politicians a roasting for failing to help them despite promises.

Members of Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce didn’t hold back at Wednesday’s Quarterly Forum economic update meeting.

“I feel patronised,” said Donna Ward, of the social enterprise Ward Andrews Centre for Children and their Families in Upper Fourth Street, Central Milton Keynes.

“They are saying it is my responsibility to get the economy growing. They need to be persuading me very clearly that they will support us when the chips are down.”

She said small firms were increasingly losing out to big companies in getting access to government contracts.

The meeting also heard nothing was being done to sort out red tape issues such as VAT-registered firms having to pay the tax before they get paid on invoices.

Referring to a comment by Foreign Secretary William Hague that firms should stop moaning and work harder, Steve Hughes, of the British Chambers of Commerce, said; “The economy is struggling badly and they say they are pro-business but that isn’t borne out by what they are doing.”

The forum meeting, held at DeVere Venues’ Harben House, in Newport Pagnell, was also told by Mr Hughes that “nobody really knows what’s going to happen to the banking system” if Greece leaves the eurozone after elections on June 17.

But he said the situation in Europe was badly affecting the economy, even though British firms were sitting on savings of £750billion.