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Ealing and Acton Business Club members meet Minister for London Paul Scully at Teatro Hall in Ealing Broadway

The Minister for London, Paul Scully MP was the featured speaker at the latest Ealing and Acton Business Club breakfast meeting that took place at Teatro Hall in Ealing Broadway today (22 June 2023).

Mr Scully spoke about living in London and how businesses can thrive.  He highlighted the need for addressing housing, transport and crime. He said: “If you get those things right, then that helps to drive businesses as well. Why? Because your employees need to have somewhere they need to feel safe and they need to be able to move around London.”

Mr Scully also said there is a need to reform business rates as well as making it easier for businesses to operate. He revealed he couldn’t see a reduction in VAT but did say the Government is looking at a range of ways to support businesses which include cutting red tape.

A question and answer following his talk saw guests asking questions about the role of the Minister for London and the urgent need to tackle antisocial behaviour in Ealing as well as help businesses need to combat theft from shops in the borough.

Among those asking a question was Councillor Louise Brett, Cabinet Member for Decent Living Incomes at Ealing Council who asked what is being done to help struggling businesses. Councillor Brett also asked how is the Government tackling inflation and rising interest rates.

More than 50 people attended the meeting which also saw guests paying tribute to Mahanta Shrestha OBE, the founder of Nepalese restaurant Monty’s in Ealing Broadway who was given his award for services to the community in the London Borough of Ealing and to the Nepalese community.

As well as those in business and the arts, guests also meet and mingled with players from Ealing Trailfinders Women’s Rugby where Giselle Mather, director spoke of the club joining the top league Premier 15s.

Chairman of Ealing and Acton Business Club, Councillor Julian Gallant, thanked those attending and for the help and support from the group’s breakfast sponsors – Milton Andreou, AK Law – Sam Liu, WebFX and Jonathan Jacob, Funding Smiths.

 

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