Firms make call to EU parliament

Visit: The Lancashire business members in Brussels
Visit: The Lancashire business members in Brussels
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A telecoms chief has headed a delegation of small business leaders on a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.

At the invitation of North West MEP Sajjad Karim, Abbey Telecom’s Tony Raynor led 26 members of the Lancashire and Cumbria Federation of Small Businesses and Lancashire Chambers of Commerce to the heart of the EU.

The group found out more about the EU’s parliamentary process, its working practices and the work of MEPs. They discussed with Sajjad some of the issues they face and the amount of red tape which they say often hinders the ability of small businesses.

Mr Raynor said the trip was “hugely beneficial” He added: “It not only gave the group a much stronger idea of the benefits of EU membership in relation to UK trade and industry, but also the chance to speak to policy makers about improving the law-making process across the EU and reducing red tape and legislative barriers which affect SMEs here. The UK can influence change best if we are cohesive in our dealings with fellow European members.”