Helping our Local Shops & 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.

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Darke & Taylor helping on apprenticeships

Darke & Taylor are providers of electrical and mechanical services, covering all aspects of building services from design, to construction and maintenance. I paid a very enjoyable visit to this local firm, to take a look at their premises & their thriving business; also to hear from them

Visiting My Store Self Storage

It is always a pleasure to visit thriving, innovative new local businesses, such as My Store Self Storage, the first purpose built one in Witney- and it is great to see their success. 

Visit to Hunters Cake Cafe

Hunters Cake Cafe is a new independent cafe in Witney specialising in cakes, but also serving breakfasts, light lunches, suki tea, milkshakes.... I called in to meet the team at this thriving business, and of course to try the homemade cake. I wish them every success.

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!