Work experience placements are usually the reserve of fresh-faced students – but your next ‘workie’ might be an entirely different proposition!
That’s thanks to a new ‘Business Buddy’ scheme – backed by PM David Cameron – that encourages MP’s to undertake work experience at small businesses in their constituency.
With new laws and policies increasingly frustrating business owners, it’s hoped that the new scheme will give MPs greater insight into how their policy making directly affects life at the coal face.After all, a survey back in 2009 showed less than half of parliamentary candidates had experience of running a business…
The Business Buddy scheme was launched last month by the Forum of Private Business, and should now see a surge in popularity after receiving the backing of the Prime Minister.
The PM accepts that “…We need to understand the real issues that small businesses face on a day-to-day basis and use that information to help ensure that entrepreneurs are given every opportunity to successfully start and grow their businesses.”
He added: “I would encourage all members of parliament to take advantage of this opportunity to find out what it is really like to run a small business and to gain a better understanding of the many issues faced by small businesses across the country.”
It remains to be seen just how many MPs take up his call to arms, and indeed what effect the scheme has on future policy making.
Small businesses will of course hope for less red tape, simpler taxation and accessible, affordable finance – but whatever the outcome, it’s an unmissable opportunity to put your local MP on tea-making duties for a few days…