Dozens of businessmen and women had breakfast with Rotherham MP John Healey to raise issues of concern.
Organised by the Federation of Small Businesses, around 50 people attended the breakfast meeting at the Holiday Inn, Manvers.
The Wentworth and Dearne MP, who is also the shadow housing minister, said: “There was a particular focus on housing, construction, the loss of council homes and some of the problems caused by new government policy, such as the extension of ‘right to buy’ to housing associations.
“But concerns were also raised with me about the local economy, HS2, low pay for young people and the lack of good skills training.”
Gordon Millward, of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “In a rapidly changing business environment, we organised this event to give our members the opportunity to air their views.”