January 30, 2018
Priti Patel MP and the Essex Chamber of Commerce hosted a summit between businesses from Essex and Local Government Minister Jake Berry MP, whose responsibilities include the Thames Estuary and Local Growth, at the House of Commons [29 January 2018].
The meeting of the Essex Business, Transport and Infrastructure Forum (EBTIF) was the first strategic dialogue between Essex businesses and the Government on growth and investment opportunities to discuss their economic vision for the County and regeneration and investment in the Thames Estuary, infrastructure and transport will support economic growth. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also arrived at the end of the meeting to discuss trade opportunities post-Brexit.
Speaking at the Summit Priti said:
“The voice of Essex businesses including small and medium sized companies are crucial to long term growth and investment plans of Essex. We have fantastic job creating businesses throughout the County of Essex who are innovative and include many world leaders. Strategically planned investment in infrastructure and policies that support economic growth in the County will unlock significant new levels of economic growth and job creation and business and the LEP want to play their part in building strong vision for Essex and our economy.”
“Minister Jake Berry outlined a series of actions that the Government is planning which will put the voice of business front and centre of local growth plans and Government investment. The Minister listened to the views of business and a new working group will be established with the Chamber of Commerce to help grow the Essex economy. I am also grateful to the excellent Essex Chambers of Commerce for securing the voice of local businesses and championing them with Government.”
The EBTIF was set up by Witham MP Priti Patel and the Essex Chambers of Commerce to facilitate engagement between businesses in Essex and the Government to highlight the infrastructure and transport investment needed to support economic growth and job creation. Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of the Essex Chambers of Commerce said:
“EBTIF was always intended to give businesses the opportunity to “tell it as it is” with Ministers and policy makers and last night’s meeting was just that. We covered a wide range of topics and the Minister went away very clear about some of the problems facing businesses across the Thames Gateway and elsewhere in Essex.”
“We are grateful to Priti for hosting the meeting but more importantly to the Minister for taking the time to meet with Essex Chambers’ members. This was the first of a series of meetings that we will be organising under the EBTIF banner to tackle issues such as infrastructure investment, road and rail capacity, broadband and the development of our ports and airports to take advantage of future opportunities post Brexit.”