Business

To make West Berkshire the best place to start and grow a business

Cutting the ribbon at the official re-opening of Camp Hopson in Northbrook Street after its £3m refurbishment.

Business in West Berkshire is thriving. That is the message I get from my visits to local businesses. We have an unemployment rate of 0.6% which is amongst the lowest in the country. Locally, as nationally, employment is at a record high.We have a skilled and versatile workforce and exciting innovative companies in this area. But we must not be complacent. Every job opportunity needs to be supported. Every new business in West Berkshire is good for our economy and good for families, communities and society in general.

Following on from the reforms to business rates in the last Budget, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement reiterated the commitment to cut corporation tax to 17% by 2020 and to reduce the business rate burden by £6.7 billion over the next 5 years. This is good news for the nearly 9,000 businesses registered in the Newbury constituency and I will continue to work to ensure that this area remains one of the best places to start and grow a business.

There are challenges ahead particularly as negotiations start over Brexit. I am aware that West Berkshire voted to remain and I am committed to do everything I can to make sure West Berkshire businesses get the best deal possible.

Latest Blogs

'This sitting is now suspended'

These words from the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, were the first indication that something was wrong in Parliament. They came during a division, a vote in Parliamentary terms. I had just hurried back from a meeting a few blocks from Parliament and must have missed the attack by about four minutes. What then followed was for me, not a lot. We were sealed in the Chamber and what is called the Members Lobby while police and others ran around checking to see if the attacker had any accomplices in the building. At one point a man in civilian clothes, body armour and a ski mask carrying an automatic weapon ran up to one of the doors to the Members Lobby. Finding it locked he splintered the door plate with one kick. Later I asked one of the badged messengers (usually ex-military types who manage and protect the workings of Parliament), about this and he replied, ‘all he had to do was knock’...

Westminster diary

On Monday I attended the All Party Group on Park Homes. I have hundreds of constituents who choose to live in Park Homes and many of them do so with a good relationship with the Park owner. Sadly, some do not. Much has been done in recent years to make law tougher on rogue Park owners but there are still changes I want to see...

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Richard Benyon was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Newbury on 7 May 2015, with an increased majority of 26,368. Richard won 61 per cent of the vote share.

 

 

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