MP is drumming up support for small businesses

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband visits local firm Yorkshire Cable Drums at Askern. MD Bill Flint explains the workings of the factory to him. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband visits local firm Yorkshire Cable Drums at Askern. MD Bill Flint explains the workings of the factory to him. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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A SMALL business in Doncaster was being given a hotline to the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband visited Yorkshire Cable Drums as part of a ‘Business Buddy’ scheme which gives politicians a taste of day-to-day life at small firms.

Mr Miliband saw at first-hand how the family-run company, based in Selby Road, Askern, operates and heard about the issues it faces – as well as offering advice and support.

The event was arranged by the Forum of Private Business, a not-for-profit small business support organisation.

Mr Miliband said: “Businesses of all sizes are working in a difficult economic environment so it is useful for me to hear first-hand the problems they are facing.

“Small businesses like Yorkshire Cable Drums are tremendously important to the economy here in Doncaster because they generate enterprise and create jobs. It’s vital I do all I can to help them succeed.”

Mr Miliband launched a Small Business Taskforce in 2010 to decide how governments can increase entrepreneurship and help small businesses.