Bringing jobs, skills and prosperity

Ashford has proved an exciting place to do business in recent years. I have worked with business organisations and councils to make Ashford attractive to inward investment and we can see the fruits of this work.

The new Ashford College is training the young workers of the future with excellent skills. The once-derelict Newtown Works are being transformed into a studio complex which will make films and TV series we will all watch. This has only happened because Ministers were convinced to give Ashford some Levelling Up money. Brompton Bikes will soon move from London to Ashford to produce their world-beating products.

To build on this we need to keep seeing improvements in our schools, so that young people are equipped to take advantage of the new jobs that will arrive. We need to make sure that Ashford’s voice is heard in central Government as one of the best places to do business.

I have provided that voice for some time, and see it as key part of the job to continue to make the case for Ashford in Westminster and Whitehall.


Our Man in Westminster - Investment in Ashford

This is my last column before Christmas, so I am going to be resolutely cheerful, as we could all do with some cheer at the end of a year which has been difficult in so many different ways.