What a week for the Brentford & Isleworth constituency – with visits from four Ministers, including the Prime Minister himself to local businesses.
On 25th January, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, and Business Secretary, the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, met with Will Butler-Adams, Managing Director and the staff of Brompton Bicycles to discuss how to raise the profile of manufacturing in the UK.
Will Butler said: “There is a common misconception that there is no manufacturing in the UK, yet we are one of the largest manufacturers in the world; leaders in Formula 1, aerospace, defence and of course folding bikes to name a few.”
Despite the UK’s prominent position in world manufacturing, there are concerns about where the next generation of manufacturers will come from. The Deputy Prime Minister said: “I want our young people to see that British manufacturing offers well-paid and rewarding careers. Not many of them will know that many electrical engineers are almost as well paid as lawyers or solicitors.”
We were also honoured with a visit on 27th January by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, together with Ed Davey MP, the Business Minister, who visited Octink, an award-winning graphics and sign-making business in Brentford. They were there to meet with Will Tyler, Chief Executive of Octink, Mike Freely, Managing Director of Octink, Will Butler-Adams from Brompton Bicycles, Jonny Goldstone, co-owner of Green Tomato Cars, Tom Keane, co-owner of Chiswick Auctions and Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the Government’s plans to shake up employment law.
The Prime Minister announced proposals outlined in a recent Government consultation to reduce the burdens on business by introducing significant changes to the employment tribunal system. These proposals include extending the length of time before a case can be taken to an industrial tribunal and speeding up the process to reduce the cost burden on businesses.
I am delighted that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Business Secretary and Business Minister have all taken the time to come to Brentford & Isleworth to meet with local businesses and discuss their concerns. Meeting with representatives from businesses in the constituency gives me great confidence for the future in Brentford & Isleworth.
We are very fortunate to have such exciting and energetic businesses, both large and small, which bodes well for jobs locally and the future development and growth of our area.