Mark Harper is MP for Forest of Dean, shadow minister for disabled people and a chartered accountant by training. Here he reports back on the recession survival workshop he recently organised for businesses in his constituency.
A few weeks ago, here on Platform, I wrote about my plan to hold a recession survival workshop. The response I received was very positive and I thought readers might be interested in an update.
The original session had to be cancelled due to the snow fall in Gloucestershire that week. However, we were able to hold the event the following week and, despite the short notice of the new time, we had 55 people attend from local businesses and organisations.
Mike Warburton, senior tax partner at Grant Thornton, provided a very interesting overview of the current economic position and his view, as an accountant, of the state of the public finances and how this has contributed to the problems that small businesses are facing.
He was followed by Charles Curry. Charles’ technology company, based in my constituency, faced bankruptcy when the dot com bubble burst in 2002. He explained the steps that he took to turn things around and provided some insightful advice to struggling businesses.