General Election 2017 update
I have worked hard with Government Ministers to make the case for funding to go towards £100m for a Cornwall Business Fund and I am delighted to see it get the backing of the Government. As a former small business owner, I know this is great news for the many small businesses in Cornwall.
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I have championed Cornwall Airport Newquay’s bid to be the UK’s first Spaceport, which has seen it apply for part of a £10m Government fund for the space industry. I am delighted to see this bid has now been submitted. If successful this will transform the local area, bringing unheard of levels of investment and highly skilled jobs to Mid-Cornwall.
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Building economic momentum and raising incomes isn’t easy; it will take time, innovation and energy.
I believe I have shown the determination and vision to deliver for mid-Cornwall.
I have brought a number of senior Government Ministers to the constituency in order to gain their support for investment and growth in Cornwall including; tourism, our food industry, farming and investment in our infrastructure.
I have been supporting the management of Newquay Airport to advance the case for the expansion of Heathrow. This will open up new opportunities for Cornwall.
I worked with all involved and welcomed the subsequent announcement by the Government that Newquay Aerohub will be one of the sites to benefit from extensions to existing Enterprise Zones throughout the country, succeeding in the extremely competitive bidding process to access the benefits that extension will bring.
This will see the extension of the Aerohub itself along with the inclusion of Goonhilly Earth Station in recognition of the importance of space and aerospace to our future economy ambitions.
Newquay Aerohub is already a huge success with 16 businesses now located at Cornwall Airport Newquay, employing 450 people with an average wage of £33,400 and I look forward to working with all involved to help attract more businesses, investment and jobs to our constituency.
Businesses based in Enterprise Zones can access a number of benefits, including up to 100% business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per business over a 5 year period, simplified local authority planning permissions, Government support to ensure that superfast broadband is rolled out throughout the zone, and, if necessary, public funding and 100% enhanced capital allowances (tax relief) to businesses making large investments in plant and machinery on 8 Zones in Assisted Areas.
5 Point Plan to boost tourism
In July 2015 I welcomed the Prime Minister to the constituency, where he announced a Five Point Plan to boost tourism right across the UK - spreading the benefits of one of our fastest growing sectors beyond the capital, helping to create jobs and rebalance the economy.
Speaking from the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Prime Minister said,
‘Millions of overseas tourists visit the UK every year and most take in the sights of London. But Britain has so much more to offer, from the Cornish Riviera to the Scottish Highlands and everything in between.
For many areas tourism is a key industry bringing jobs, growth and security for working people. Tourism supports almost one in 10 jobs in the UK and we want to rebalance the economy to make sure this boost is felt right across the country.’
I was delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to our beautiful constituency and show him around the Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of our prime tourist attractions. Tourism has been and remains an important part of both our constituency’s economy, but also Cornwall and the South West as a whole. I was especially pleased that the Prime Minister took the opportunity during his visit to announce this Government’s Five Point Plan to boost tourism. While a national initiative, this also includes a £5 million fund for the South-West.
As a Cornishman born and bred I believe our amazing county’s beautiful scenery rich heritage and wonderful local culture speak for themselves when it comes to looking for reasons to visit. However this extra cash will broadcast this loud and clear internationally and encourage more and more visitors to visit us and put their money into our economy.
The £5 million fund for the South-West will position the area as a must-see destination, generating an additional £60 million in additional visitor spending, creating up to 1000 jobs and incentivising local partners to work together on improving the experience for visitors to the region. It will also be used to promote the South West in the USA and encourage greater connectivity to the region from the United States.