Britain's economy relies upon its small businesses and self-employed workers. As a successful entrepreneur, I understand the challenges these companies face and will take action to ensure they can prosper too. The only way we can build a strong economy, eliminate the deficit and generate tax revenues for investment in public services is through growing employment. Since small businesses are responsible for most job creation, it’s crucial that we encourage this sector to create growth and provide jobs for the next generation.
I know from my experience what companies need to flourish – lower taxes, a skilled workforce, and access to capital – and as I will use my expertise and contacts to help Herne Bay's business people. Below you can read of some of the initiatives I have run to help new and existing businesses.
Helping Business in Kent
I have given my time in a number of ways to help attract investment to our area and to help people start up new businesses and create jobs:
- Working on a Herne Bay Regeneration Strategy with my fellow Conservative councillors, to ensure new industries are attracted to our town and to revitalise our high streets
- I am an Ambassador for Kent Youth Support Trust, based in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, which provides low cost office space and free mentoring to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds looking to start a business
- I support the Neptune Co-Working Hub, recently launched by the Council and the Herne Bay Coast Community Fund, which provides affordable hot-desking space and business advice for local self-employed workers
- I have mentored the long-term unemployed as part of the Shaw Trust charity, helping these individuals realise their goal of self-employment.
If you would like help with starting or growing a business, please do get in touch with me and I'll be happy to help.