High Peak MP backs FSB’s bid to boost local self-employed

Ruth George MP is backing a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) initiative to give a lift-up to local people in High Peak who are self-employed.

The MP’s seal of approval for the ‘Think Self-Employed’ campaign came following a meeting with two FSB Derbyshire officials – Michael Watkinson, FSB Development Manager, and Mark Chimley, FSB Volunteer Area Leader – at her constituency office.

The FSB campaign calls for the Government, political parties and policy makers to start thinking more about the self-employed and the challenges they see every day.

Challenges which include; an over-complicated tax system, difficulty in accessing mortgages and other financial products and a reduced level of available parental benefits when compared to the directly employed.

Ruth George said: “I was delighted to give my backing to this great campaign and to meet Michael and Mark and go through in detail what I could do as an MP to help Think Self-Employed.

“During the meeting I also highlighted other concerns for High Peak small businesses including bank closures, improving skills for employees, the impact of the Universal Credit and the need for better broadband provision.

“Small businesses are vital to this community and I look forward to working with the FSB in the future to make sure they have all the support required.”

According to the FSB there are 4,900 individuals in High Peak (aged 16-64) who consider themselves self-employed (8.4% of the population.)

The country has a whole has 4.8 million self-employed contributing £270 Billion to the UK economy.

FSB Development Manager, Mike Watkinson, added: “We are grateful for Ruth’s support for the Think Self-Employed campaign – we hope the campaign will lead to some concrete and positive changes for people who strike it out on their own in the workplace.

“We have hundreds of members across High Peak in a range of industries from tourism to health services and the FSB will always bang the drum on their behalf when talking to elected representatives.”