Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Jack Brereton MP welcomed local businesses into the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to facilitate direct conversations with decision-makers about the issues currently impacting businesses in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce hosted a roundtable with businesses in the morning, helping to facilitate discussions around trending business issues that will inform the Chambers’ wider lobbying work.
The roundtable was followed by meetings with Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Housing, and James Sunderland, PSS to the Home Secretary. The group then observed discussions in the public gallery, followed by a tour of Westminster.
Stoke-on-Trent South MP, Jack Brereton, was pleased to sponsor the Chamber’s event in the Houses of Parliament.
Declan Riddell, Policy Adviser for Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said:
“As advocates for local businesses, our policy team is dedicated to actively advocating for the best interests of businesses in Staffordshire.
“These events help to facilitate conversations with decision-makers, allowing members to put forward their concerns to help drive change.
“We would like to thank Jack Brereton, MP for hosting this event, providing our members with the platform to articulate their need for ongoing government support."
Jack Brereton MP said:
“It was such an honour to be able to welcome the Staffordshire Chambers’ of Commerce, local businesses, and organisations into Parliament.
“Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up and I am keen to see levelling up not just in Stoke-on-Trent but across Staffordshire. I have been pushing for support for new and existing businesses to attract further investment into our area. Stoke-on-Trent serves as an example of the vast talent Staffordshire as a county has to offer and we must support both businesses and their workers.”
“It was a pleasure to welcome the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, business leaders and members of local organisations into parliament on what is a rather special day. Today, I have put forward a Bill to Parliament, the ‘High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill’, in my efforts to support our high streets and local businesses. To have this coincide with visit from the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, business leaders, and local organisation representatives was fantastic.”