Welwyn engineering firm welcomes business chief

PUBLISHED: 09:11 18 September 2011

Paul Stapleton, Andrew Cave and  Jonathan Stapleton at Taylor and Stapleton Engineering

Paul Stapleton, Andrew Cave and Jonathan Stapleton at Taylor and Stapleton Engineering


A WELWYN engineering firm welcomed the chief spokesman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – as part of a drive to keep companies in touch with Whitehall representatives.

FSB chief spokesman Andrew Cave met Paul and Jonathan Stapleton, directors of Taylor and Stapleton Engineering, a company specialising in the commissioning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services within the construction industry.

Mr Cave visited the company’s Fulling Mill headquarters accompanied by FSB membership advisor Maree Atkinson, to hear first hand how small firms are coping in the troubled economic climate.

“On the whole, the picture I am getting from businesses I met was one of cautious optimism,” Mr Cave said.

“However, there is much more Government can do to open up and simplify public procurement, for example.

“At a time when there is precious little demand, we are missing a trick if we do not make it easier for businesses to access public procurement contracts.

“This holds the potential to foster growth and give a much-needed boost to job creation.”

Jonathan Stapleton said: “Having the FSB’s chief spokesman visit our business gave us the chance to tell him about some of the issues affecting us and others which was very helpful.

“It also improved our understanding of how the FSB lobbies Government on our behalf and look forward to feeding into the FSB’s surveys.”

For more information on joining the FSB call Maree Atkinson on 07736 471568.

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