A strong local economy

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.

I want to help local businesses of all sizes succeed, through pro-business legislation and taxation, cutting unnecessary bureaucracy, reform of business rates and a Brexit deal that works fro everyone in Kent. 

We need investment in infrastructure so the local economy can grow, and excellent education so our children have the skills for the jobs of the future.


Business bus motors into town

A 32 tonne, 40ft long lorry packed with business experts rolled into the carpark at Maidstone Studios on Tuesday.

Business rates and beer

I know a lot of local businesspeople are worried about the business rate revaluation, and some are seeing big increases.

Prime Minister visits Faversham

It was wonderful to welcome David Cameron to Faversham for a tour of Shepherd Neame, the biggest employer in the constituency and the oldest brewery in Britain.

Cut beer tax!

I've joined with the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) by sending a ‘Message in a Barrel’, calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut beer duty in the Budget on 16th March.

Backing Kent's tourism

Kent has so much to offer visitors, but some of its greatest treasures – like the historic town of Faversham itself – are not as well-known as they should be. I’m keen to promote Kent, not least because visitors contribute to the local economy. 

Save Bearsted parade

The Bearsted Parade is a really special building.It’s remained virtually unchanged since it was built in 1882. There are three successful family businesses there, including a high quality butcher and delicatessen, which are greatly valued by the local community. Now it is the subject of a planning application which will see the building dramatically altered, changing the historic character of that corner of the Green and raising questions about the long term future of the local businesses.