I was recently invited to speak at the ‘Ready for Growth’ seminar at the Framlingham Technology Centre and it was gratifying to see so many small and medium sized businesses in attendance.
These companies are the backbone of our local economy and provide employment opportunities across Suffolk.
In the recent budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, set out an £11 billion package of measures aimed at helping businesses and many of the new initiatives are specifically intended to provide support for the small and medium sized companies like those that I was speaking to last week.
n Suffolk has an increasing elderly population with many people choosing to retire here because of the quality of life that is available. It was no surprise to me to find that Framlingham along with three other Suffolk towns has been named by the Sunday Times as one of the top 101 best places to live in Britain.
n Readers may have seen me on Channel 4’s Dispatches last month night. I was interviewed by Amanda
Holden who had discovered information of cases where Trusts are incinerating foetal remains as clinical waste. I was very clear and strongly believe that this practice is totally unacceptable. That is why I asked Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, to write to all NHS hospital trusts and make this clear that it must stop now.