Helping our Local Shops & Businesses

West Oxfordshire is a thriving area with many small businesses and I work hard to provide a strong voice for our local wealth creators. I am determined to ensure that 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 hundreds of local businesses in the constituency, and have hosted Parliamentary events honouring our innovative local companies. I have also been elected as the Chair of the All-Party Group for Small and Micro Businesses - making me a key voice in Westminster for small business.

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

I work hard to ensure that our small, independent high street shops - which provide our towns with character and local wealth - are able to adapt to a rapidly-changing 21st Century business landscape and compete with the growth of online retail.

I continue to campaign for a root and branch review of the business rate system and for a reduction in the red tape and bureaucracy that faces small firms.

News

Meeting with Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group does a great job supporting promoting and lobbying for business in the Thames Valley. I was pleased to meet with them and discuss current policy issues and hearing the views of local business.

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!