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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Barclays Business Breakfast

This morning, I attended a business breakfast roundtable discussion which was sponsored by Barclays Bank. The aim of the breakfast was for local small businesses to introduce themselves and discuss their biggest opportunities and challenges. I then responded to each business individually, and took questions on the budget, planning regulations, business rates, HMRC and Brexit. […]

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Business Breakfast in Walton

This morning, I attended the Walton on Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) ‘Big Breakfast’ event and gave a short speech about ‘Local Opportunities, National Challenges’. I welcomed the amazing initiative of Joanna Gordon and her WoTTA team, including most recently helping to organise Walton Heritage Day. We discussed key local business issues, especially the local impact […]

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A Conservative Manifesto for Aspirational Britain

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May launched the 2017 Conservative election manifesto. It is a bold prospectus for keeping the economy firing on all cylinders, delivering lower taxes, easing the pressure from the cost of living, making our society more meritocratic, addressing burning social challengers like care for the elderly, and – of course – making […]

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