business buddy scheme

MPs to Experience What it is Like to Run a Small Business

Under a new scheme that teaches volunteers “the realities of running a small business”, MPs are to be assigned internships in the nation’s small firms this summer. Set up by the Forum of Private Business (FPB), the Business Buddy Scheme has invited every English and Scottish MP and Welsh Assembly Member to spend half a day “mucking in” at a firm in their constituency. Taking place over the summer, while Parliament is in recess, over 100 MPs to date will spend time with a local firm. FPB press officer Phil McCabe said: “Our recent survey showed 74 per cent of our small-business members want their elected representatives to focus on small businesses in their constituency. That’s what our new scheme aims to achieve.” “There’s no subs... »