Faisal Rashid MP hosts successful launch for All Party Group on Business Support and Engagement in Westminster

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At a special event hosted in Parliament, politicians and representatives from across the business world came together for the launch of the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Business Support and Engagement.  

The APPG, chaired and founded by Warrington South MP Faisal Rashid, aims to provide a platform for politicians and businesses to work together to achieve a range of goals, including: economic growth, productivity, high wages, high employment, workers’ rights, and social responsibility. 

The work of the group will follow on from the work that Faisal began as Mayor of Warrington with ‘Circle The Future’, and aims to support and engage businesses from all sectors, and of all sizes.

The event was a great success, with speeches from Business Minister Richard Harrington, and Labour’s Shadow Minister Bill Esterson, who spoke passionately of the importance of cross-party support for business in Westminster.

There were also speakers from Redwood Bank, a British-based business challenger bank which launched in August 2017, who were the lead sponsors of the event; and from Spotcap, an innovative SME lender focused on enterprises underserved by traditional financial institutions, who also sponsored the evening.

After the event Faisal said: “I am thrilled the launch went to so well and I am very grateful to all those who attend and have given their support to the group.

“I am proud of the work I did as Mayor to assist businesses in my home town and in my new role as the MP, I now have a platform to take this work even further on both a national and international level.

“Following on from the successful launch, the APPG will have a busy program of work ahead – engaging with and supporting business. This work is especially important now, at a time when productivity is low, wages are falling, and economic growth is stagnating.

We must help businesses to grow and flourish however we can, in an ethical and responsible way, so that in turn businesses can support a social agenda, and allow us to serve our constituents and the most vulnerable in our societies.”

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