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.