Backing Business and Boosting Jobs

A strong local economy is essential for providing high-skill and high wage job opportunities. This also drives investment in our area and generates taxes for essential services. 

I am backing our local businesses and supporting them as we recover from the pandemic. I want to ensure our businesses survive, that we protect jobs and we return to growth as quickly as possible. This means supporting the enormous variety of small businesses that we have across the constituency as well as our major employers to thrive. Over the pandemic, I have worked hard to ensure that Eastleigh businesses got the support they needed through the combination grants, loans, business rates relief, and the furlough scheme. However, certain industries have been more affected than others and will continue to need ongoing assistance. I am clear that we need a framework of support that is accessible and consistent for businesses to work with. 

My campaign to Back Business and Boost Jobs is focused on:

  • Supporting our local businesses with ongoing support as we recover from COVID-19. 
  • Re-generating Eastleigh town and ensuring we have a vibrant and lively town centre with a compelling offer to shoppers and visitors.
  • Back Southampton Airport's runway extension to safeguard the future of the airport.
  • Develop Southampton Airport as a hub of green technology and zero-emission flying.  



Summer Update 6 - Visit to Sainsburys Hedge End

It was a delight to visit Sainsbury's Hedge End and be shown around the store by Gary Wardle, the branch manager. It was also a great opportunity to speak with staff who absolutely lived up to the title "key workers" during the pandemic.

Summer Update 2 - Visit to Proteum

Continuing my summer tour of businesses in our maritime sector, I also had the privilege to visit Proteum who are based at Hamble Point Marina and provide marine diesel engines and support services for customers all over the world. 

Summer Update 1 - Visit to Elephant Boatyard

While Parliament was sitting and with restrictions now eased, it was great to visit a number of local businesses including those in boating and maritime sector which is a vital part of our regional economy. 

Paul meets farmers in Bursledon

It was great to visit John at his farm in Bursledon along with other farmers and representatives from the National Farmers Union (NFU). 

Victory for Campaigners - Southampton Airport Saved

I am absolutely delighted that our campaign to Save Southampton Airport has been successful.

In the early hours of Saturday morning and after a very drawn out debate, the plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport were finally approved by Eastleigh Borough Council.