Helping our local shops and businesses

West Oxfordshire is a thriving area with many small businesses and I will word hard to ensure our thriving local economy continues to grow, providing even more good jobs for local people.

I have championed West Oxfordshire businesses since becoming your MP, meeting with over 80 local business owners both in the constituency and Parliament, have hosted events honouring our innovative local companies and become the chair of the All-Party Group for Small and Micro Businesses.

These companies are the lifeblood of our local economy, and it is essential that West Oxfordshire continues to be the hub of businesses, from table-top operations to international world-beaters.

I have been working hard on behalf of our local businesses - part of this has been revolving around the issue of business rates.  I lobbied Government to ease pressures of rates rises by introducing a relief fund - I am pleased that this has been listened to and is helping many businesses across West Oxfordshire - learn more about this here.

News

Queens Head in Eynsham

I called into the reopened Queens Head in Eynsham to see Julie & family who have done a great job - a wonderful pub!

Visit to Siemens Healthineers

@SiemensHealth: Siemens Healthineers is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry & a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and health IT.

Opening Oxford Energy Academy's new premises

I was extremely honoured to open Oxford Energy Academy's new premises today, and to hear about their apprenticeship training; I even tried my hand at it myself!

Ebico - UK's first not-for-profit energy provider

Ebico is the UK's first not-for-profit energy provider, with a core aim to put people before profits – and to provide affordable energy for every home.  Today, I had a very interesting visit to them, hearing about their work helping those affected by fuel poverty.

New coffee shop thriving

Witney has so many wonderful small businesses and I was delighted to see this one thriving, Ue Coffee Roasters, as well as meet meet Evie & Mike. What an amazing local business producing wood-fired, clean-air roasted coffee!

Meeting business leaders in Witney

SMEs are a vital and productive part of our economy and supporting them is one of my priorities. Today, therefore, I was delighted to have a hugely productive breakfast meeting with SME business leaders in Witney. My thanks to STL Communications for hosting!

Cogges Christmas Fair Witney

Cogges is a farm attraction, heritage site and barn wedding venue, encompassing beautiful Cotswold stone buildings, a walled garden and a peaceful orchard. There was a beautiful Christmas fair with a huge range of food and crafts to choose from.

Inspecting the new Pizza oven at the Blue Boar Witney

Good to visit again and look at the brilliant new look, and & the new pizza oven - this has really taken things  to the next level. Can't wait to visit again! Congrats to Giancarlo & team at Blue Boar Witney. 

Chipping Norton shortlisted for High Street Award!

Great news that Chipping Nortoin is shortlisted in the @TheGbHighSt awards. I have been urging people to vote to support the town and its businesses!    

I told the House this week and asked the Prime Minister about small business support in market towns.