It was great to welcome Theresa May to New Addington yesterday afternoon. She was visiting Martek, an award winning fit-out and joinery contractor based on King Henry's Drive, to discuss how small and medium sized businesses can take advantage of the opportunities presented by our decision to leave the European Union.
She is meeting other representatives of small business today and ahead of that meeting said:
“From dynamic start-ups to established family firms, our small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our country. I want to build an economy that works for all and that means working with, and listening to, smaller firms. The priorities I have set: a more productive, skilled workforce and an economy balanced across the UK and open to new opportunities can only be achieved if we listen to these businesses.
“This isn’t about dry economics. Britain’s 5.4 million small and medium sized businesses provide people with jobs, put food on families’ tables and underpin the strength of our economy. They are a fundamental part of my vision of building a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.
“I also want those firms, across all the sectors of our economy, to be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Brexit, such as exporting to new destinations. So I’ll be asking them for their views on we get our whole economy firing ahead of Brexit.”
It was great that one of her first visits was to Croydon and I look forward to welcoming her back soon.