Political interest builds in the APR4SMEs campaign

The APR4SMEs campaign has now received interest from Ministers, the chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking, a Baroness, a Knight and backbench MPs – not to mention BIS and 10, Downing Street!

With widespread media coverage following our submission to HM Treasury, a number of MPs and Ministers from different parties are showing interest in the APR4SMEs campaign. To date, we have received positive responses from parliamentarians and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills:

10, Downing Street (meeting)

Our CEO James Sherwin-Smith, our CRO Greg Carter and member of our advisory board and former FCA Director Victoria Raffé went to 10, Downing Street and met with Chris Hopkins, the Prime Minister’s Business Relations Advisor, and Tom Nixon, who leads on financial services policy issues.

CEO, James Sherwin Smith and Greg Carter at no. 10
Guto Bebb, MP (meeting)

Our CEO James Sherwin-Smith met with the MP for Aberconwy and Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking to discuss the APR4SMEs campaign.

James and Guto Bebb, MP
​ Richard Burgon, MP (meeting)

Our CEO James Sherwin-Smith met with the MP for East Leeds and Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury to discuss the APR4SMEs campaign.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe (referral resulting in a meeting)

The office of the Secretary of State for Intellectual Property kindly introduced us to colleagues in the Business Environment division of BIS, with whom we had a most positive and constructive meeting.

Sajid Javid, MP (letter)

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills declined a meeting but sent us his best wishes.

Jeremy Corbyn, MP (letter)

The office of MP for Islington North and Leader of the Opposition wrote to acknowledge our correspondence.

Jim McMahon, MP (letter)

We also received this great letter from Mr McMahon, the MP for Oldham West and Royton, who has offered to write to the Chancellor noting that the campaign’s concerns apply to very many businesses in the constituency he serves.

Keith Vaz, MP for East Leicester (letter)

We received this kind letter from the office of Mr Vaz, the MP for East Leicester, who wrote that “he understands the importance of encouraging the growth of SMEs and will make sure to bear your comments in mind during his forthcoming parliamentary activity.”

Sir Alan Haselhurst MP (letter)

We received this post card from the House of Commons confirming the contents of our letter have been noted.

We have more meetings in the diary – we will keep you posted with any further updates!

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