Video: BioChem shows its glass in shadow minister visit

Small business owners got a visit from a Labour Shadow Minister on Thursday to help discuss what would help them improve turnover.

Toby Perkins, the Shadow Small and Medium Enterprise Minister, was shown around MK:Two by Parliamentary Candidates Andrew Pakes and Emily Darlington.

They are campaigning for a cut in business rates which they say would help 5,000 small, city businesses. The party stopped for a glass-blowing demonstration at BioChem, owned by William Fludgate.

Mr Perkins said: “We’ve paid a number of visits to meet small business owners because small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and we need to do everything we can to make sure that they are in the best place they can be to build and grow.

“We’re finding out today from BioChem the steps they’re taking and the support they’d like to see from Government to ensure that they can take on apprentices in the future and the great skills we’ve seen here can be passed on to the next generation.

“What you see across Britain is that there is still a lot of manufacturing going on, not in the style that it once was, but small specialist manufacturing absolutely.

Mr Fludgate said: “When you see people like a Government Minister coming out to see small companies like us we find that it shows that he’s concerned, he’s taking a little bit from us back to Government and it could be that he is never going to come across a glass-blowing company again.

“But I can guarantee if he gives his next blood sample it’s going to go through something I’ve made and he’s going to remember that.

“For the last 35 years, if you’ve given blood and it’s gone through one of the blood analysers at the hospital, there’s a 99.9 per cent chance that I made the glassware that’s inside that. That’s not a bad percentage and that could be in any hospital, anywhere.”