Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, today hosted a Local Business Forum with the Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP.
Mike introduced Chris to 50 owners of businesses in his constituency at the Bali Brasserie restaurant on First Avenue. A variety of different subjects were discussed during a question and answer session afterwards including the improving economy, the bureaucracy of health & safety legislation, and duty on alcohol.
The forum followed a meeting with Hove Citizens Advice Bureau at Hove Town Hall where a number of issues were discussed with volunteers and staff. Concerns were raised about the length of time that Work Capability Assessments can take and the quality of housing stock in Brighton & Hove. Chris mentioned how keen he was to hear about these problems from those dealing with some of the most pressing cases on a daily basis.
Commenting, Mike said: “Having many of the local businesses attend the open forum was an exceptional way to hear their individual questions and concerns, and better yet, having my colleague along to hear and answer those questions. Hove has exceptional entrepreneurial talent and this opportunity was a great way to showcase local businesses.”
To find out more about what the Conservative Party is doing to help small businesses, click here.
Photo 1: Mike and Chris are pictured with Jo Newell and Vicky Watson from Hove CAB.
Photo 2: Mike and Chris are joined by some of those attending the Local Business Forum.