Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy. As the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington, one of my priorities is to promote the value of investing in our local area and to ensure that businesses are able to operate in an environment which lends itself to growth and prosperity.
Since 2010, unemployment in Warwick and Leamington has fallen by 74%, a significant achievement and one that local businesses can take pride in. We are home to a highly skilled workforce, strong infrastructure and links to world class academic institutions. In short, our area is a great place to do business.
For all their success, businesses face ongoing challenges and I am always keen to make the voice of businesses heard with government. In April, the threshold for 100% business rate relief will rise to £12,000, with the current level at £6,000. However, I recognise that we must continue to listen to business to address any issues hindering growth.
As such, I have this week written to the Warwick Chamber of Trade, the Leamington Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Leamington Business Improvement District (BID) to canvass opinion on the upcoming business rate changes and in particular on the revaluation process. Furthermore, I would be very keen to hear from businesses across Warwick and Leamington on any challenges they are facing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once I have gathered responses from the various organisations, I will be writing to the Chancellor.
In writing to local member groups, I reaffirmed my commitment to working with them to continue to strengthen our local economy. We have made great progress in recent years but have tremendous potential that we must ensure is realised.
In this section you can read my articles in the local press relating to my work - both in Westminster and in the constituency. Please get in touch with any comments you would like to make.