Building for a Better Future

Yes, it’s tough, dealing with our huge national deficit, but there’s also real cause for hope. The Prime Minister had a clear message for business at the Conservative Party spring conference last weekend, one I back enthusiastically. He said that the only strategy for growth is to get behind Britain’s entrepreneurs and that our focus now has to be on building for a better future.
Worcestershire’s businesses must be allowed to flourish. We must encourage the wealth creators and job creators, those who will drive Britain’s prosperity in the years to come. By cutting corporation tax and red tape we will give businesses a better opportunity for growth.

We will also be providing stronger foundations for start up companies; for example, the government is bringing in an enterprise allowance to help those who are unemployed set up their own business.

We have two priorities for growth; to support and inject capital into start-up companies to help them grow and to channel resources into the small and medium sized companies, like those in Droitwich and Worcester, who are already established, to help them expand and create future job opportunities for local people.

We already have a really successful hub of enterprise on our doorstep - Worcestershire offers a prime location for businesses. The industrial estates in Droitwich and Worcester are a few minutes’ drive away from the M5. Berry Hill industrial estate hosts around 80 companies, some of which are large blue chip organisations, employing several hundred people from the area.

Look at UK Flood Barriers, based on the Hampton Lovett site and set up by people who had seen firsthand the effects of flooding. Once a small local business, its enterprise means it is now instrumental in providing effective flood defence protection to members of the public, businesses, councils, housing associations and the Environment Agency.

Yes, the country faces huge challenges, but there are real grounds for optimism too. We should never talk down our success locally.

We should send a clear message to the current generation of school leavers who are heading to college or university. Worcestershire has so many bright young people who have trained in a skill or craftsmanship – if we encourage them to have confidence they will spread their wings and put their business ideas into action.


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