Conservative Cabinet Minister Francis Maude MP recently visited Northumberland to discuss issues of red tape affecting small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.
At the event in Alnwick, which was organised by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick, Mr Maude met members from the chambers of trade from Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick. Mr Maude is Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General and leads on the Government’s efforts to reduce business red tape and simplify business regulation.
Mrs Trevelyan said: “It was a great opportunity for business people to discuss their concerns with someone who holds real influence within the Government.”
During his visit Mr Maude was encouraged to hear from businesses how pleased they are by the announcement that from April 2014 the employers’ contribution for National Insurance payments will be reduced by £2,000 per employee. He anticipates that this will have a significant impact on small and medium-sized businesses, which form the bulk of the region’s employers.