BUSINESSES and entrepreneurs across Lincolnshire have been praised by Conservative MP Stephen Phillips.
Delivering the keynote speech at the annual East Midlands Director's Briefing, the Sleaford and North Hykeham MP, said: "We are extremely fortunate in Lincolnshire to have a large number of successful world-beating businesses, often grown from scratch.
"The economic recovery is being led by the private sector, with over a million jobs created in the last two years.
"My message today has been to say how much the government values everything which our small and medium enterprises do, while setting out our plans to help British business in the future."
Mr Phillips also took the opportunity at the event to outline government proposals to reduce red tape faced by businesses.
He added: "This government is dedicated to freeing businesses and other groups from unnecessary rules and simplifying the complex regulatory system, which has grown into a lumbering behemoth.
"This will free up capacity for innovation, diversification and, ultimately, growth."