MP’s small business award

CAMPAIGNING MP Debbie Abrahams has won an accolade for a major initiative to help small companies. 

WINNER: Debbie Abrahams MP
WINNER: Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, received the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award for her Be Fair – Pay on Time idea.

And she is challenging the remaining 50 of the UK’s top 100 FTSE companies to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code and pay bills on time to help small companies stay afloat.

The award was presented to Debbie by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, the Director of Grassroot Diplomat, in Westminster, and attended by MPs, members of the House of Lords, local councillors from across the UK and diplomats from across the world.

The Business Driver award is aimed at people in public office who have ‘actively participated in supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs and young people as one of the measures to recover from the economic downturn’.

On winning the award Debbie said: “It’s such an honour to have been awarded the Diplomat Business Driver award and I have to thank my partner organisations the Institute of Credit Management, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Forum of Private Business for their support.

Be Fair – Pay on Time isn’t about demonising big businesses; it is about trying to create a level playing field in the business world where SMEs, right along the supply chain, get treated fairly, are paid on time for the work they do and don’t have their payment terms changed once they are agreed.”

Unilever wrote to the BFPoT campaigners saying they will sign the ICM’s Prompt Payment Code making a total of 25 top 100 FTSE companies replying directly to the campaign saying they will sign up.

That means the campaigners have doubled the number of FTSE 100 companies who are signed up to the code, from 25 to 50 in total, since launching their bid in July 2012.

Further information: Grassroot Diplomat: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

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