COLUMN: Dr Dan Poulter MP - ‘Small businesses are the local lifeblood’
The Federation of Small Business has released a survey showing that small businesses are more confident now than at any point since 2010.
The second quarter of 2015 showed that growth aspirations of small businesses are strong and continue to grow, and 65.3% plan to grow over the next year.
Year-on-year productivity is rapidly rising and profits are at a record high.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, bringing jobs and economy security to towns and cities across the UK and especially in Suffolk, and I am pleased that our Government continues its drive to make Britain the best place in the world to start.
I regularly visit local businesses in my constituency and last Friday I visited two more excellent examples of local employers.
Roland Plastics Ltd and Electronic Terminations Ltd in Wickham Market specialise in plastic injected mouldings producing precision plastic articles for many different industries in all shapes, sizes and colours.
The expertise of the electronics part of the business lies in the assembly of cables, wiring loom and termination solutions, with significant volumes produced for the military and engineering companies.
They supply national organisations such as the Ministry of Defence and Highways and export to the US, Mexico, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Faroe Islands and the many EU countries, all from the High Street of Wickham Market.
The company comprises of 30 local employees and I had the pleasure of meeting the dedicated and skilled team who continually look to take the company forward.
Gressingham Foods in Debach is now famous for its Gressingham Duck which can be found in shops and supermarkets all around the country.
The company employs 550 people and has over 20 different farm sites across Suffolk and Norfolk.
I was pleased to meet again with the Managing Director, Geoffrey Buchanan, and discuss with him all aspects of the business. I would recommend their products to any duck fans, and suggest that they look at their website for duck recipe ideas: www.gressinghamduck.co.uk.
I also visited Otley Primary School last week where I had the opportunity to meet with the school Eco Council, with members representing all year groups, to tell them about what I do as their Member of Parliament and to answer their very informed questions.
Like me, Otley Primary School have recently been through elections and I was pleased to meet their new school ‘Prime Minister’.
Students have often expressed their concerns about climate change to me and I shall be asking the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps her department is making to incentivise greater use of renewable and non-fossil fuel forms of energy and I look forward to her response.
For more information please visit www.drdanielpoulter.com
n Dr Dan Poulter is the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.