BUSINESSES spoke of the need for more support at a political hustings hosted by the Bangladesh Caterers Association.
Election candidates seeking to become MPs for the Portsmouth North and South constituencies attended the hustings at Buckland Community Centre.
Issues were raised about banks being reluctant about giving out loans to small businesses to help them grow and a ‘heavy handed’ approach taken by authorities involved in immigration raids.
Abu-Suyeb Tanzam, sits on the committee for the Bangladesh Caterers Association, which represents 12,000 Indian restaurants and takeaways across the UK.
He said: ‘It was wonderful to see a cross-party debate.
‘Our members find it difficult sometimes because of a lack of lending from the banks and we have a shortage in staff.
‘We are proud to be British. We don’t want to employ anyone illegally, and we respect that.
‘But we don’t want to be treated like criminals.’