Men on mission to cut red tape

North West MEP Sajjad Karim and businessman tony Raynor at the Abbey Telecom offices in Blackburn.

North West MEP Sajjad Karim and businessman tony Raynor at the Abbey Telecom offices in Blackburn.

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A PROMINENT Fylde coast businessman is leading a charge to help cut EU red tape.

Tony Raynor, of Lytham, who is managing director of Abbey Telecom, is taking up an invitation from a North West MEP to attend meetings on reducing the legislative burden on small businesses.

It has come from Sajjad Karim who is calling on local businesses to take an interest in a trip to Brussels he is staging to discuss business development opportunities and reduce bureaucracy.

Tony, who was born in South Shore and went to Arnold School, said the growth of smartphone technology and global mobile development was having a positive impact on Abbey Telecom’s business.

The firm was enjoying continued growth in its customer base and was thriving despite the recession.

With his Blackpool background, he has ensured Abbey Telecom has a strong focus in the area, serving clients such as the Palatine School, the Queen’s Hotel (South Promenade), Caro Collinson and Virdee dental practice and the Briardene Hotel in Thornton Cleveleys.

He said it was currently tapping into new business opportunities in Europe such as Romania and Italy.

Tony said: “Sajjad was aware of our interests in Europe and was determined to involve us and find out a little bit more about our business, our online presence and how EU and global markets affect us. He was interested to hear how Samsung had managed to take 25 per cent of the mobile handset market globally and why their new mobility solutions for offices are boosting our fixed line sales.

“We are very keen to get involved with his drive to address regulatory burdens. We hope we’ll able to bring a bit of influence to bear and act as a mouthpiece for local businesses seeking to compete in international markets.”

MEP Sajjad Karim said: “This is a genuine example of how a local business is being affected by global industry changes and how technology continues to improve the way we can work.

“As our meeting progressed, it became clear that the company could assist us with feedback on EU regulation. We are looking at taking a group of companies over to Brussels to speak to policy makers and give them first hand experiences of SMEs facing legislative barriers.”

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