Investing in our Tech Industry

The UK has been named as the world’s best prepared country for Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and high-tech industries by a report from the Oxford Insights Team. This follows the welcome news from the Autumn Budget that the government is investing £500m in a range of technology initiatives, from driverless cars to 5G mobile networks. In […]

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Reinforcing the Rule of Law after Brexit

Today I gave a speech at the Policy Exchange think-tank on the release of law firm Linklaters’ new report “Everyone has a Part to Play: Improving the UK’s Competitiveness post-Brexit by Enhancing the Rule of Law”. I thanked Linklaters for their work on the report, which examines the opportunities of Brexit for the legal sector. […]

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Small Business Saturday – in Claygate

This morning, I was down at Claygate parade supporting local small businesses for Small Business Saturday. We started off at Trew Art gallery, with June and Leslie (immediately below) who have a fabulous range of great new work on display, and always offer the warmest of welcomes. Then, we visited Nathan’s Bakery – where I […]

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Connect Breakfast

This morning, I was up early for an ‘In Conversation’ style breakfast event with my local business group, Connect. Mike Cumper, who chairs Connect, led the proceedings, and we had good discussions on Brexit, student debt and the need for the Conservatives to appeal to younger voters. In light of last week’s Budget, we also […]

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Wellden Turnbull Budget Seminar

I was delighted to attend the annual Wellden Turnbull post-budget seminar in Cobham this afternoon. I gave a presentation on the state of the UK economy and key budget measures. In particular, I talked to the group of local businesses and professionals on the proposals for £80 billion tech investment over the next 10 years, […]

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Elmbridge SMEs Show Impressive Growth

A new report published today puts Elmbridge’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) amongst the UK’s most productive and fastest growing. The report, from innovation foundation NESTA and business support company SAGE, identified 8,470 SMEs in Elmbridge across 15 sectors, employing 36,892 people, with science and technology businesses coming out as the authority’s largest SME employers. […]

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Mundays LLP Real Estate Forum

Today, I gave a speech at Mundays Law Firm’s ‘Real Estate Forum’ in Cobham. The audience was made up of local businesses connected to the real estate sector and it was a useful opportunity to speak with local industry professionals and discuss common issues. I spoke about business rates, stamp duty and national insurance and […]

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