BATLEY-born tycoon Lawrence Tomlinson called for more action to boost smaller businesses when a Government minister came to call.
Mr Tomlinson, chairman of the LNT Group, welcomed Business Secretary Vince Cable to West Yorkshire.
LNT Group has interests in car manufacturing, construction and care homes.
Mr Cable toured the group’s premises and also met apprentice Ben Griffiths, of Brighouse, who has been working for LNT’s Ginetta car manufacturing business for the past 18 months.
Ben told the minister how he had achieved his ambition of working in the motor industry. He spends one day each week at Huddersfield University and the rest of the working week at Ginetta’s Leeds factory.
Mr Cable, a well-known car enthusiast, also saw the recently-launched G60 sports car from Ginetta and took a drive in the car with Mr Tomlinson.
But the company boss also took the opportunity to press home his concerns about the lack of finance for business, claiming it was doing long-term damage to the British economy.
He said LNT’s Ideal Care Homes arm – as a cash-generating social care business – could be growing much faster and creating more jobs with improved funding.
“Given that we build 20% of all new care beds each year in the UK and employ around 40 new staff in each home, it is scandalous that more is not being done to encourage better quality development in the sector,” said Mr Tomlinson.
“Small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the UK economy and if our experience is typical then some firms must be really struggling to access finance for growth and job creation.”
Mr Cable praised LNT’s staff shareholder scheme, which pays an annual dividend to every person who has worked for the company more than six months.