As Conservatives win support of over 100 SME leaders, local candidate dubbed the voice of small businesses

 

Robin Walker, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Worcester, has always spoken up

for the interests of local shops, pubs, and small businesses across Worcester. During his time

as MP he has held regular business breakfasts, has campaigned to keep down parking charges

in Worcester City Centre, pressed for reform of business rates; and hosted a number of events

to promote apprenticeships, exports, and business investment in the city.

He has been delighted to earn a number of ringing endorsements from local businesses both for

his support for them, and his broader work to support apprenticeships and business rates

reform.

 

After last week he confirmed the support of Cecil Duckworth, the founder of Worcester’s biggest

business, and Barry MacGabhan, a former Liberal Democrat who was backing Robin for his

support for business and trade; he has this week revealed the names of some more of his key

supporters in the SME community.

 

Stuart Allen, founder of the social media phenomenon ‘Worcestershire Hour’ said:

“He has not just been our MP, he lives and breathes Worcester. Raising Worcester in

Parliament as often as he can. I can’t thank Robin enough for the support and commitment he

gives #worcestershirehour and our work to promote business and charities in our County.”

Neil Westwood, founder of Dragon’s Den winning Magic Whiteboard, said:

“The Conservatives have done a good job managing the economy and things are now

improving. Robin is an excellent local MP and from a business point of view I wouldn’t want to

see any changes that could put the recovery in jeopardy.”

 

Ian Whiting, Founder of Titania Limited, a fast growing Cybersecurity firm, who runs the local

business, with his wife Nicola, said:

“This government has helped our business in so many ways, through its investment in UKTI,

through expanding research tax credits, and through its brilliant backing for apprenticeships. I

want to see that work continue and I also want to see Robin Walker continue as Worcester’s MP

as he has been a real voice for small businesses both in Worcester and in Westminster.”

 

Simon Lancaster of SJL Insurance, who has taken on 15 apprentices over the last few years,

said:

”I am supporting the Conservative Party in the upcoming general election as I feel, (despite it

being cliché) that they do indeed have the best economic plan for the country, and also that they

are more pro-business and enterprise than the Labour alternative. In addition to this, I am also

supporting Robin Walker on a local level as he has been an excellent representative of, and

champion for, Worcester in general, for Worcester business, and particularly for

apprenticeships.”

 

Robert Capper of Harrison Clark, Stuart Bailey of Thomas Guise, Simon Bailey from BT Local

Zone, Ian Stirzaker from SME Solicitors, and Simon Holliday from Aeromet who have won RGF

funding for a major expansion of their Blackpole based business, complete the list.

 

Commenting on their support, Robin Walker said:

“I have been very proud to speak up for local businesses over the last five years and I think any

MP should be a voice for those who create jobs and drive the country’s economic success. It

has been a pleasure to serve on the BIS Select Committee for much of the last Parliament and

to raise the concerns of local businesses large and small. I am particularly proud of the focus

that has been brought to backing small businesses which are responsible for so much of the

employment boom we’ve seen in the last few years.”

“I want to continue this work by pressing for more reform of business rates, more investment in

apprenticeships, and more success for the local High Street. Worcester is already leading the

UK economic recovery with unemployment halved and apprenticeships doubled, but with strong

businesses such as these, I believe we can do even better.”

 

Notes to editors

The statements of support for Robin Walker come on the same day that the Sun newspaper

printed a letter signed by over 100 small business leaders on why they felt a Labour

Government was too great a risk and would be supporting the Conservatives

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/6409098/No-Ed-for-business-Miliband-

slated-by-small-firms.html

This follows the letter from 130 of the country’s largest employers earlier in the campaign in

which they also backed the Conservatives warning that Labour would be a threat to the

recovery

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11507586/General-Election-2015-Labour-

threatens-Britains-recovery-say-100-business-chiefs.html