Plans to ‘build back better’ businesses in Broxtowe after Covid-19 blow

Ideas are in motion to help small businesses across Broxtowe bounce back from the devastation of the pandemic.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 9:01 am
Broxtowe MP Darren Henry wants to help small businesses thrive.

Broxtowe MP Darren Henry has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to deliver an event next week which will outline measures to help Broxtowe’s small businesses thrive and build back strengthened communities.

The MP has pulled together a panel of speakers who are all invested in seeing Broxtowe flourish.

Led by Mr Henry, those on the panel include Matthew Batterham, of Broxtowe Borough Council, Chris Harris of Eastwood-based domestic abuse charity Broxtowe Women’s Project, and Natalie Gasson-McKinley, of the Federation of Small Businesses.

The round table event will focus on what Broxtowe’s small businesses need to prosper again after the events of the last year.

There will be updates on local investment projects, an overview of available business support and an update on the latest Small Business Index that measures business confidence.

Darren Henry, Member of Parliament for Broxtowe, said: “It is crucial that we build back better after Covid-19 with businesses at the forefront of our post-pandemic recovery.

“This is why I am working with the Federation of Small Businesses to find out exactly what it is small businesses need to thrive in Broxtowe and how I can help.”

There will also be opportunities for those attending to increase awareness of domestic abuse.

FSB development manager Natalie Gasson-McKinley said: “Business owners have a crucial role to play in starting the conversation about domestic abuse in the workplace. They can lead the way in both de-stigmatising and acting to help members of their team when they are struggling.

“We hope by working with Darren Henry and Chris Harris that we can create businesses that work for their owners, individuals they employ and the area’s economy.

“Building back better should not just mean wealth-generating, but also ensuring businesses have a renewed sense of purpose.”

Build Back Better: Broxtowe's Plan for Growth will take place on Thursday, May 27, from 1pm until 2.30pm.

The event is free to attend and places can be booked via the FSB’s website at