I had a meeting with one of the Federation of Small Business (FSB) north east staff about the needs of local businesses. These can be summed up as:
*Get the banks lending and get casflow to small businesses
*Work on minimising tax increases. Here the FSB want to look for savings and to identify the most important issues, a commendable approach
*Ensure that parking in local centres is free, which chimes with our major campaigns against Gateshead Council charges in a few locations.
All in all a use full meeting and I want to hear from local businesses about issues in the area.