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.
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.
“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.”