Having established and run a business for several years, I know exactly how tough it can be.

I have always taken a keen interest in supporting business and was a director of business support agency, Bootstrap Enterprises in Blackburn, when I was a councillor there.

My work at Bolton Bury Training and Enterprise Council, which went on to incorporate Business Link, also gave me a good understanding of the challenge’s businesses face on a day to day basis.

On being elected to Parliament, I was soon appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary, and worked with the wider team on challenging the Government to do better for business.

I was also pleased to support the establishment of The Entrepreneurs’ Network and I continue to play a role in helping companies through Downtown in Business.

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