Sir Alan Sugar, the businessman and star of The Apprentice, have urged shoppers to 'buy British' to protect jobs during the recession.
Following a summit of business leaders at 10 Downing Street including Sir Richard Branson and Theo Paphitis, Sir Alan said: "We must buy products that are made here... supporting a British firm creates work for someone. Many foreign companies don't even pay taxes in the UK. So if anyone is thinking of buying stuff try to hunt around to support a British firm as in our little way we're creating work for someone down the line."
He also called for more support for small businesses. "When our economy is facing tough challenges, it's incumbent on us all to do what we can to stimulate homegrown businesses".
Sir Richard said: "I agree we need to make sure today's entrepreneurs have the best support to beat the current challenges and grow. These companies are the engine room of the British economy and the hothouse for new ideas and new jobs."
British Company Beautelle backs the campaign to Buy British …
Sarah Howells – Beautelle’s Sales Director confirms her support “We are a small British manufacturer and welcome with open arms any campaign that highlights the importance of manufacturing in this country. We employ local skilled people and source the majority of our components locally from other small British businesses. We need to nurture our manufacturing skills and keep our manufacturing prowess, once so envied by the rest of the world. Its not all doom and gloom, we (Beautelle) have battled against cheaper foreign imports over the past five years or so, but are slowly 'turning the tide', so much so that we are currently moving to larger newer premises in Birmingham and are launching a new Medical Equipment sub division (Meditelle) this Spring. We are also starting to see an increase in other countries wanting to buy our British made equipment too. Its important to both the local economy and the Great British economy that small firms like us survive. Not only that, we know we provide the best quality money can buy so surely its a win win for everyone!”
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