Support for small businesses

Essex Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has praised Ilford South Member of Parliament Mike Gapes for being the first Essex MP to sign a House of Commons motion supporting the formation of a new Post Bank.

Chairman of the South West Essex Branch of the FSB, David Miles, said: “Essex FSB is campaigning to support the Post Office network and one of the ways we wish to do that is by the formation of a Post Bank.

“That is why we welcomed the tabling of an Early Day Motion by Jon Cruddas MP and were delighted that Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has signed that motion to show his support.

“Our thanks go to him for such a public display of support for the local Post Office network and we are looking forward to working with him to achieve this objective as soon as possible.”

More details on the Essex FSB campaign is available at .

The motion reads: That this House congratulates the Post Bank Coalition of the Communication Workers Union, Federation of Small Businesses, New Economics Foundation, Unite the Union, National Convention of Pensioners and Public Interest Research Centre, on its plans for a new state-owned Post Bank based on the Post Office network; recognises the importance such a Bank could have in underpinning the future sustainability of the Post Office network; and calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency, to set up a Post Bank to combat financial exclusion and allow communities and local businesses to access a fair and trusted banking system.

The FSB represents more than 215,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The South West Essex Branch of the FSB represents the interest of small businesses in the following postcode areas - CM13 to CM16, SS17, RM1 to RM20, and IG1 to IG11 – which includes Brentwood, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge and Thurrock Councils.

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Essex FSB represents more than 3,600 small businesses in Essex, Havering, Redbridge, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock local authority areas.

posted 9 June 2009

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