Business leaders to maintain ‘strong ties’ with re-elected Rugby MP Mark Pawsey

Jim Griffin, chairman of the Rugby branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
Jim Griffin, chairman of the Rugby branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Business leaders in Rugby have vowed to maintain strong ties with MP Mark Pawsey after he was re-elected as the town’s Member of Parliament.

Jim Griffin, chairman of the Rugby branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said regular dialogue with the MP was crucial to ensure the views of business in the area were heard.

He said: “I would like to congratulate Mark on his re-election. The Chamber isn’t party political – we are here to provide a voice for businesses of all sizes and sectors, which is what our branch does in Rugby.

“Over the past five years, Mark’s door has always been open to us and, indeed, he has made himself available to come to meet the branch and hear our concerns.

“We look forward to maintaining that strong dialogue and believe by providing that voice of business we can highlight issues that may be acting as a barrier to growth here in Rugby and right across the country.”

Chamber chief executive Louise Bennett said the final national result had come as a surprise to many and urged the Government to continue to break down the barriers to business growth.

She said: “Right up until the exit poll, very few were predicting an overall majority for either party.

“What business needs is a stable government that helps to provide the certainty they need when it comes to investing and creating new jobs. We hope that, by achieving a majority, the Conservatives can provide that and, as businesses, we are ready to work with MPs on a local level and the Government on a national level to achieve that.

“Businesses recognise that the work to put the economy back on track after the recession is well underway, but there are still challenges ahead.

“Only last week, several key figures within the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce met David Cameron during his visit to Warwickshire and presented the British Chambers of Commerce’s Business Plan for Britain to him in person.

“That plan sets down exactly what businesses need from this Government over the course of the next Parliament in order for the economy to grow.

“We still need to see more companies exporting. Locally, that can be done by tapping into the support from the International Trade Hub at the Chamber, which includes UKTI support.

“Also, a very real issue that needs to be addressed is bridging the skills gap in order to fill the needs of those growing businesses who are seeking to create new jobs.

“The Chamber, as ever, is ready to support that work and we look forward to working with all of our MPs in the coming weeks, months and years.”