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Shadow Minister spends time on the front-line with independent newsagent

An award-winning convenience store and newsagent in Isleworth, West London, was yesterday (25 June) visited by Toby Perkins MP, the Shadow Small Business Minister.

Isleworth“Best One” newsagent and Post Office is run by Alkesh Gadher, who invited Toby to spend a morning at his shop to see firsthand the issues impacting on the trade.

The trip was organised by independent convenience and newsagent trade magazine Retail Newsagent as a chance to put the needs of businesses like Mr Gadher’s higher up Labour’s priority list.

The visit was also part of Mr Perkins wider tour of the country where he is consulting with small businesses around the final recommendations in the Labour Small Business Taskforce report.

Up for discussion during the meeting was issues from the scourge of illicit tobacco, the state of the newspaper trade, Hounslow Council’s soaring business rates and Mr Gadher, who has run his shop on London for over two decades, was pleased to see a top political figure visit a store such as his: “This isn’t a manufactured shop for the cameras – this is how people work. So I’m glad he’s seen it,” he said.

Mr Perkins told Mr Gadher, “I’d owned my own business before becoming an MP, but talking to businesses like yours lets me see the changing attitude of the banks towards small businesses as the recession has developed and learn about particular issues such as those of the newspaper industry which were new to me when I took on this role.”

Farah

Toby also had chance to see the letter box painted in gold in honour of legendary Olympian Mo Farah, which is just outside the shop.

 

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