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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Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance – AGM

Yesterday, I went along to Walton-on-Thames Trading Alliance (WoTTA) to support their AGM. Joanna Gordon (pictured below) is a local dynamo with huge ambition both to boost local retail and support small businesses, but also to promote community spirit. She outlined her plans in front of a local throng of businesses, councillors and residents that […]

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