Local business leaders met with Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna and Caroline Flint this week to discuss what Doncaster needs to create more growth and jobs.
Said Nigel Brewster, Chair of the City Region Chambers of Commerce:
“Local employers welcomed the opportunity to explain to Chuka Umunna what kind of firms drive the Doncaster economy and what help and understanding we need from those in Westminster to help us create the jobs and growth we all want to see. There was a strong message to Government that we want to see our colleges supporting the skills local firms need and we need to encourage investment across those sectors that build a strong economy. Most of all, we wanted Chuka to know that we are confident that in the right climate Doncaster businesses can deliver growth.”
PHOTO: TALKING BUSINESS l to r Peter Bradley (Aurora Wellbeing Centres) Tony Sykes (Inativ), Andrew Isaacs (Andrew Isaacs Solicitors), Carl Lygo (BPP University), Chuka Umunna, Caroline Flint, Andrew Best (HSTR Law), Nigel Brewster (Brewster Pratap Recruitment Group), Steve Watson (Allotts Chartered Accountants), Cllr Bob Johnson (Envirofeed Ltd) and Rob Pickersgill (W Hallam Castings)
Said Caroline Flint:
“I am really pleased that Chuka Umunna was able to meet local business people face to face to find out what matters most to firms in Doncaster. We have some great firms in Doncaster, a strong airport and a strong tradition of manufacturing and professional services. It is vital that Labour is in a position to get straight to work after the next general election and we have a Government that encourages new jobs and investment across Yorkshire and every region, not in the South East alone.”
Commenting, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:
“It was fantastic to meet local businesses in Doncaster, hear their concerns and discuss their vision for developing the area’s economy. We want to give regions and local areas the powers, budgets and support they need to pursue their ambitions and spur growth and job creation, rather than being held back as we’ve seen too often under the Tory-led government.
“As we look ahead to May’s local elections and the general election next year Labour will continue to work closely engaging with businesses of all sizes and in all parts of the country.”