Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Small business support

One of my priorities should I be elected next year as the MP for St Austell and Newquay will be to support local business.

Small businesses really are the back bone of our local economy. Although we need larger companies to invest and create jobs and career opportunities here in mid-Cornwall, it is also vital that our small businessmen and women get as much support as possible from both the national Government and their local MP.

I have been self-employed and a local businessman myself for almost 25 years so I really do know first-hand the joys and challenges being your own boss brings. However, even with my experience I happily acknowledge that I there is so much more to learn about the local business community. Therefore one of my aims between now and the election on 7th May is to visit as many local businesses as I can. I want to do this in order to listen to the concerns and desires of the local business community. To make sure I have as broad a view as possible of our local businesses, large and small, new and well established. I also want to understand direct from them the big issues that they face and how I can best represent and serve them as their MP.

Today I was delighted to visit Mark Hollis of Finesse Chauffeurs based in Par. Finesse Chauffeurs is a relatively new business that Mark has recently launched just over 2 months ago. They offer a chauffeur service and private hire taxi service for local businesses, visiting business people and travellers, as well as a wedding car service. More details of the services they offer can be found here http://www.finesseexecutivecars.co.uk/

With local businessman Mark Hollis

It was great to meet Mark and listen to the reasons why he decided to leave his former employment and launch out in business. I was also able listen to the challenges he faces and the things he wants from the Government and his local MP.