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Local entrepreneurs discuss keeping trade local

PUBLISHED: 15:35 22 November 2012

Gareth Johnson speaking to local entrepreneurs at Westminster

Gareth Johnson speaking to local entrepreneurs at Westminster

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North Kent entrepreneurs visited Westminster last week to discuss keeping trade local with Dartford MP Gareth Johnson.

In a question and answer session, the main issues raised by the small business owners were fuel tax, pensions, apprenticeships and business financing.

Mr Johnson organised the meeting to give local businesses the chance to voice the difficulties they are facing.

He said: “There is no doubt that the recession has hit small businesses especially hard, but the passion and enthusiasm these entrepreneurs demonstrated during the discussions gave me an even stronger sense of hope for small businesses and for local trade.”

Neville Gaunt, from the Federation of Small Businesses in North Kent, co-hosted the event and spoke of the need to develop local trade which he says contributes 59 per cent of private sector employment.

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