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Getting down to business: MP meets with industry leaders to help kick start local economy

Getting down to business: MP meets with industry leaders to help kick start local economy

Twenty- Four delegates of leading Chesterfield businesses and voluntary organizations met at the impressive Casa Hotel on Friday 13th May to meet with Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to discuss potential developments to the local business community as well as the barriers facing firms in the current economic climate.

From local company Vecstar to Ashgate Hospice, representatives consistently hailed the Chesterfield workforce and announced plans to help develop re-training and vocational courses to enhance the skill base of the local community. Mr. Perkins echoed his support for the Derbyshire Times 100-in-100 Campaign in partnership with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, and hailed the league champions, Chesterfield FC, and the feel-good-factor created by its achievement this season.

Of particular concern to businesses was the rise in VAT making fuel more expensive, and voluntary organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to attract donations from many businesses forced to tighten the purse strings.

Following the meeting Mr. Perkins said:-

“Meeting with local leading businesses and voluntary organizations gives all those responsible for driving forward our town’s economy the opportunity to share ideas, to work together and to demand that Chesterfield continues to succeed despite the Government’s cuts programme. The future will be tough, there is no denying that fact, but if the wider business community lobbies for additional training and support, transport links and capital investment the town can emerge strong and ready to compete in an increasingly global business environment”.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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