Businesses are the engine of the economy and we need successful local businesses to provide local jobs. There are clear signs that the economy is going in the right direction with more jobs in the UK than ever before. Locally, unemployment has halved since 2010 despite the squeeze on the public sector.
Looking ahead, I want to help local businesses of all sizes succeed, through pro-business legislation and taxation, cutting unnecessary bureaucracy and reform of business rates. Improving infrastructure and making sure young people have the skills employers are looking for is important too.