Almost 100 MPs have signed up to the scheme so far, including Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin, who will spend time at a pie shop in his West Dorset constituency in September.
The first of the visits, which the FPB said would see MPs “mucking in” and experiencing “first-hand the problems facing smaller businesses”, took place yesterday, with the rest to take place through Parliament’s summer recess.
Of the almost 100 MPs who have signed up so far, Bury North's David Nuttall, has agreed a stint at electronic engineering firm EAS Technology, Withington MP John Leech will spend some time at a financial advisers in Didsbury and Tourism Minister John Penrose is set to be matched with a company in the tourism industry in his Weston-super-Mare constituency.
The FPB’s Head of Campaigns, Jane Bennet said: “It's all well and good for lobby groups like the Forum to tell the Government about the issues facing small businesses, but there's no substitute for first-hand experience. We want politicians to see for themselves what it's like to run a small business - that's why we developed the Business Buddy scheme.”
Business Minister Mark Prisk has given the scheme his backing and urged his fellow MPs to get involved.
Mr Prisk said: “It is absolutely vital that the people charged with creating the best possible environment for business start-up and growth understand what it is like to juggle the daily demands of running a business.”
The Business Buddy Scheme forms part of the Forum's new campaign, Get Britain Trading. Get Britain Trading focuses on making things simpler for businesses in order to give them and the economy a boost.
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