Aiming to foster direct contact with political decision makers around the country, Bacta is to organise a series of lunch events with coin-op stakeholders and their local MPs.
Bacta has launched the first of a programme of Parliamentary Luncheons, at which members from the association’s North West region will host local members of parliament in Westminster.
This first instance of a new initiative is being held on Wednesday, 22 March and will feature Bill Esterson (MP for Sefton Central), Gordon Marsden (MP for Blackpool South), Chris Matheson (MP for City of Chester), Angela Rayner (MP for Ashton-under-Lyne) and John Pugh (MP for Southport).
“MPs really appreciate the opportunity to meet with members of their business community”
Explaining the thinking behind Bacta’s latest political initiative, chief executive John White said: “Whilst we meet across a range of platforms with MPs, their advisers and relevant civil servants, the most effective form of political engagement is when the members are given the opportunity to sit down with their elected representatives and discuss issues which impact them on a regional basis as well as on a broader national level.
“MPs really appreciate the opportunity to meet with members of their business community and hear their views on a wide range of topics. Pending feedback from the members we will be expanding the initiative to include all Bacta regions.”
Bacta continues to enjoy a high political profile, having engaged with senior politicians including Damian Collins MP, who serves as chairman of the DCMS Select Committee; Jane Ellison MP, financial secretary to The Treasury and Sir Peter Bottomley MP, who sponsored bacta’s Rays of Sunshine parliamentary reception which was attended by an additional 13 MPs, including four ministers.
Issues certain to be high on the lunchtime agenda will be the triennial, social responsibility on the high street, contributions to regional economies, business rates, tourism and employment.