FLA credits Connect Public Affairs with budget lobbying brief

The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA), the body representing the credit and leasing sectors, has appointed Connect Public Affairs on a retainer basis to handle its public affairs brief.

The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA), the body representing

the credit and leasing sectors, has appointed Connect Public Affairs on

a retainer basis to handle its public affairs brief.



Connect, which worked for the FLA on a project basis at the Labour party

conference last year, will initially focus on next week’s budget,

lobbying against the time apportionment rules implemented in the past

two budgets, which discriminate against leased assets compared to

purchased assets.



The agency will also lobby on issues like data protection and fraud when

they arise on the political calendar.



Connect will conduct a broader profile-raising campaign as well,

focusing on the role the finance and leasing sectors play in attracting

inward investment and financing small businesses, targetting the

Government and also think tanks.



Gill Morris, Connect’s managing director, said: ’The issues which affect

the FLA don’t get raised enough, given the extent to which small

companies rely on finance and leasing. We are really working towards a

level playing field on how the FLA is dealt with by the Government.’



The FLA counts 150 full and associate members drawn from high street and

merchant banks, companies which lease anything from cars and office

equipment to industrial equipment such as lorries and tankers, and the

finance arms of retailers and manufacturers.



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