26 FEB 2015

Backing Dover Business with Europe Minister

It was great to welcome Europe Minister David Lidington, to Dover on Thursday to drum up support for local businesses.

We attended a business lunch on Dover High Street to discuss action to support local businesses. Top of the agenda were businesses taxes, boosting exports and how the Government can support lending to growing firms. We then visited CMS employment agency on Dover's Market Square to discuss job opportunities in the local area. CMS recently received a 'Supportive Employer' award on their work in helping 100 local jobseekers to find work. David and I then called into the Dover branch of Pitman Training to hear how the firm has been boosting training and skills in the Dover area.

Dover has have so many growing businesses who are keen to expand. I am passionate about getting more jobs and money to our corner of Kent. Strong local businesses attract more investment to our area and provide more jobs for local people. Unemployment is down 35% in Dover and Deal since 2010 and youth unemployment is down 46%. Businesses provide training and skills for local people to boost their potential and help them aspire and get on.

I will continue to make the case to support our local businesses in Dover and Deal to help them expand and thrive.
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