MP aims to learn about business

LEIGH MP Andy Burnham is preparing to get his hands dirty as he backs the government’s Business Buddy scheme.

The shadow education secretary has signed up to the scheme which aims to foster a greater understanding of small businesses among politicians.

It provides them with hands-on experience of day-to-day life at a firm in their own constituencies.

And on October 7, Mr Burnham will join in. He will spend time at Brad-Chem Ltd, in Moss Industrial Estate, Leigh, which supplies and manufactures speciality additives, multi metal corrosion inhibitors, copper passivators, lubricants and chemicals for various industries.

Whilst there he will learn all about the chemicals and will chat to staff about their working life.

He said: “Business Buddies is a great way to find out what it is really like to run a small business and to gain a better understanding of the issues faced by a small business here in Leigh.

“In a difficult economic climate, I want to gain a better understanding of a sector of the economy which will be an engine for future growth and the creation of new jobs.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I would encourage all members of Parliament to take advantage of this opportunity to find out what it is really like to run a small business and to gain a better understanding of the many issues faced by small businesses across the country.”

Business owners seeking more information about the Forum’s Business Buddy scheme or Get Britain Trading should email getbritaintrading@fpb.org, visit www.fpb.org or call 01565 626 019.