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An EU deal is in all of our interests, Rugby businesses are told

Getting a deal with the EU is ‘in all of our interests’ a business meeting in Rugby has heard. Mark Pawsey, the MP for Rugby, met the Rugby branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to discuss the local economy and how companies are finding the current climate.

An EU deal is in all of our interests, Rugby businesses are told


Pictured: Karen Shuter and Mark Pawsey (both seated) with members of the Rugby branch of the Chamber


Pawsey said that the Government was introducing new flexibilities around the Apprenticeship Levy and that it was also working to tackle the issue of late payments.

And he said he understood the concerns of businesses in the region around Brexit and that he hopes a positive deal can be reached with the EU.

He said: “One of the issues around Brexit is that there are lots of majorities for all the ways we shouldn’t do it but there is not a majority for the way we should do it.

“One thing is clear to me is that getting a deal is in all of our interests and that is what we are working to achieve.”

The MP added that he wanted to make it easier for micro-businesses to grow and take on new staff.

He said: “There are a lot of companies out there where it’s very much a lifestyle choice for the owner. They ask themselves why they would want the hassle of growing.

“That’s a barrier we have to breakthrough in order to grow our economy.”

As well as hearing from Mark Pawsey, the branch was also updated on the record-breaking performance of the International Trade team at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

It was also advised of the support for companies looking to improve their IT and broadband connectivity as well as hearing about the launch of the new Go For Growth: Trade Local campaign to get more companies across the region doing business with one another.

Karen Shuter, chair of the Chamber’s Rugby Branch, said: “We are extremely grateful to Mark Pawsey for joining us at our branch meeting and hearing some of the issues we face.

“He was very open and honest about his views on Brexit and the need to get a deal that’s good for everyone, including business.

“We made sure, however, that the whole meeting wasn’t dominated by the ‘B’ word and also looked at many of the positive aspects of doing business in Rugby. The branch was particularly keen to hear more about Go For Growth: Trade Local and to watch how that develops in the coming weeks and months.

“I’d urge Rugby businesses to engage with us on the branch because it’s a great way to stay updated on the latest developments and to have your voice heard on issues affecting your company.”

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