Vicky Ford MEP for the East of England has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in supporting Small Business Saturday this weekend. Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, December 7, one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the aim of the event is to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities.
David Cameron, said "It is a chance to celebrate the amazing contribution our small shops make to our local community."
Vicky added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people here in the East of England to shop locally and support our local butchers, bakers, cafés and retailers."
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The European Parliament has given the thumbs-up to a £60 billion research budget, which will be spent in European Union countries over the next seven years.
Mrs Ford has been the only British representative involved in EU negotiations to finalise the enormous fund.
She said the deal would secure "hundreds of millions of investment in businesses and laboratories across the East of England."
Mrs Ford said: "This investment is critical for universities like Cambridge, which estimates that 20 per cent of the research currently being undertaken across its different departments is funded by the EU.
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Industry powerhouse displays research collaborations
Industrial research innovator TWI opened its Cambridge UK headquarters to funding institutions and SME technology pioneers to parade collaborations that have led to game-changing new products and processes across the globe.
The one-day showcase opened by Vicky Ford, MEP for Cambridgeshire and the East of England, was also leveraged to begin active discussion on a new phase of projects featuring TWI and its partners and UK SMEs in general.
Vicky Ford MEP said: "I want to maximise funding to the region so that for science and research, Britain continues to get back from Brussels at least what it puts in. Key for me in discussions with the European Commission was keeping the focus on excellence – this will ensure that grants will go to the best bids." -Business Weekly
A major new weapon in the war against the world's biggest problems has been unveiled in Cambridgeshire.
A new building has opened at the European Bioinformatics Institute at Hinxton, which will act as a vast repository for vital biological data.
Bioinformatics involves analysing enormous amounts of data about living things, essential for tackling the challenges society faces – everything from providing healthcare to an ageing population to securing food and water resources.
Cambridgeshire-based MEP Vicky Ford, who was also at the event, has been Britain's only representative in recent negotiations for a £60 billion fund for science and research investment across Europe.
Speaking after the opening, she said: "The Bioinformatics Institute is an example of the great successes being achieved through experts from many countries collaborating on research. Solutions are being found to real problems which affect us all.
"This is the one area where Britain gets back what we put into the EU budget."-Cambridge News
Conservative MEP Vicky Ford was the shadow rapporteur for the committee overseeing the EU mortgage directive and succeeded in protecting the UK's buy-to-let market and certain first-time buyer products...Ford said she had fought to make the European document as close to the existing KFIs as possible, as well as securing time for the industry to adapt: "I am giving them the maximum time I could get and that was five years."- Mortgage Solutions
Vicky Ford MEP recently fought for East of England farmers in the European Parliament against plans to cut investment in biofuels.
Mrs Ford said "You can't change the rules for investors overnight, when you only made the rules a couple of years ago. These things need to be looked at in a much bigger picture. At the moment we are at a standoff between the Industry, Energy and Research Committee who are saying lets take a little more time, and the Environment Committee, who are just rushing headlong into a new set of rules"
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Conservative MEP Vicky Ford says: "The votes are so close and if Ukip is not in the room then we will lose the vote. Small numbers of votes regularly tip the balance.
"Every bit of detail is hammered out in a three-way meeting between the European Parliament, European Commission and Council of Ministers but on financial services I am often the only Brit in the room, or with LibDem MEP Sharon Bowles.
"Ukip has never once turned up to trialogue meetings. These negotiations are crucial to the UK and the City of London.
"The big scandal is they are invited to these meetings and do not bother to turn up." - Money Marketing
Popular British plants are at risk of being banned from sale at garden centres under new proposals. Vicky Ford, Tory MEP for the East of England, said: 'This is very poorly drafted legislation. England is famous for the diversity of our gardens. We either need to amend this completely or kick the entire proposal into the long grass – forever.' Daily Mail
A leading politician is urging Peterborough companies to flag up burdensome examples of Euro red tape. The call comes from East of England MEP Vicky Ford. Peterborough Telegraph
British Conservative MEP Vicky Ford who said it was impossible for a "one size
fits all" law on mortgages to be introduced across the EU. However she welcomed a decision to exempt the buy-to-let market from the scope of the directive, arguing that this would have "effectively shut down the
private rented sector, affecting millions of tenants in the UK". BBCLive