Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

21 FEB 2014

MEPs supporting our local small businesses

MEPs supporting our local small businesses

Local Conservative MEPs Vicky Ford and Geoffrey Van Orden expressed their strong support for small businesses across the East of England when they attended the launch of the election manifesto for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the European Parliament in Brussels. Ahead of the European elections on 22 May 2014, the FSB has set out how candidates can be the voice of small businesses, if elected in just under 100 days' time. FSB members want MEPs to:

* 'Think Small First' throughout the whole policy cycle by breaking down barriers in the Single Market and reducing the effects of burdensome laws on the smallest businesses
* Give small firms the best chance to be successful by creating a culture of entrepreneurship
* Ensure important trade deals like the upcoming EU-US negotiations support the growth aspirations of small firms.

Vicky Ford MEP said:

"As an MEP, I always consider the impact of regulation on the smallest businesses. We should remove unnecessary red tape and give small businesses exemptions and flexibility."

Geoffrey Van Orden MEP said:

"From small beginnings great things can come. Small firms are vital to our continuing economic recovery. I fully subscribe to the call to 'Think Small First'. Decisions taken in Brussels must be a positive help not a hindrance to economic growth and trade. We need to do all we can to encourage more people to start up their own business."

Mike Cherry, FSB National Policy Chairman, said:

"I was delighted to be joined by Vicky and Geoffrey at our event. It is important that MEPs and candidates across the UK make the case that the EU can be good for business but it needs to change - it needs more flexibility and less burdensome regulation for the future, so our businesses can thrive at home and compete in today's global economy."

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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care, healthy food as well as the Innovation and Creative Industries which bring improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong home Security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.