Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will be backing 'Small Business Saturday' this weekend as she urges shoppers to support local independent retailers.
'Small Business Saturday' is an initiative encouraging everyone in the UK to shop small, both on the day and beyond. It is the first time that the campaign, which originated in the USA, has been run in the UK. The initiative is being led by American Express in collaboration with British businesses, organisations and local authorities, and is fully supported by the Government.
Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and have the power to drive us ahead in the global race. Alongside government support, small businesses are dependent on British consumers. That is why I am proud to be backing 'Small Business Saturday' which will get people in through the doors of our local independent retailers.
I hope that shoppers will seize the opportunity to see what small businesses across the Gosport constituency have on offer. With Christmas just weeks away, where better to get that one of a kind gift for a loved one whilst also supporting Britain's small businesses?"
Having run a small business for over 20 years, promoting the value of small businesses has always been a key priority for Caroline. She is an active member of the BIS Select Committee and was recently appointed Small Business Ambassador for the south by the Prime Minister.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed news that 2000 business properties across her constituency will benefit from a package to help the high street and support businesses at the Autumn Statement today.
The package includes a 2% cap on business rate increases as well as a business rate discount of up to £1000 for retail premises. Furthermore, the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief will be extended until April 2015 and a new reoccupation relief will halve the rates bills of businesses taking over premises which have been empty for over a year.
Speaking in the aftermath of the Statement, Caroline commented:
"I am pleased that the Chancellor has announced plans to reduce the huge burden of business rates which constrict the growth of local businesses in Gosport and across the country. It is great news for small businesses who will now have more capital to reinvest in their enterprise and stimulate growth.
High street businesses are an important part of local life which is why I am backing Small Business Saturday this weekend. I hope as many people as possible from across the area will show their support for local businesses and shop small."
A small business owner for over 20 years, Caroline has championed the cause of small businesses since her election. This year she was appointed Small Business Ambassador for the south by the Prime Minister.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday stood up for local communities which have provided vital support to the Armed Forces historically.
During a Westminster Hall Debate on Royal Navy Ships, Caroline highlighted the impact that closures at Portsmouth shipyard will have on communities in her constituency and across Portsmouth. She expressed particular concern about the strategic gap between the completion of re-fit work on the Type 23 frigates and the commencement of work for the Type 45 destroyers. She called on the Minister responding, Philip Dunne MP, to mitigate against the potential of further job losses caused by this break in work.
Caroline also addressed the huge cost of the groundbreaking new Type 45 destroyers and urged the Minister to ensure that future global combat ships are more affordable and exportable, ensuring that our Navy is quantitatively strong.
Speaking after the debate, Caroline said:
"The Royal Navy plays a huge part in Britain's history and continues to have a vital role today, not just in defence, but also in protecting trade routes and transporting aid to areas affected by humanitarian disaster. We must ensure that it is large enough and strong enough to provide these services.
Here in Gosport, our ties to the Armed Forces and the Royal Navy in particular, are inextricable. Not only are we experiencing the pressures of this close relationship with the termination of shipbuilding at BAE, but also with the vast amount of redundant military land that has yet to be released by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."
Since the announcement that shipbuilding in Portsmouth will cease next year, Caroline has held meetings with BAE bosses, trade union representatives and Government Ministers. She continues to call on her Ministerial colleagues to do more to support Gosport's military community. Last month, she welcomed Defence Minister, Anna Soubry MP, to Gosport to highlight the development potential of former military sites.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage hosted a group of local school children and their families at an event last night to announce the winner of her Christmas card competition.
Out of over 100 entries, Lili Kurzfeld of Haselworth Primary School was awarded first place and her design has already been printed on over 200 cards. Highly commended were Harvey Pratt and Emily Chandler of Newtown Primary School and Jack Harrop of Holbrook Primary School.
Speaking after the event, Caroline said:
"It was lovely to meet the winner of my Christmas card competition and I was delighted that so many children brought their families along to the event to see their designs on display.
Gosport's school pupils certainly do not lack artistic talent and I'm sure there are great things in store for many of our budding young artists!"
The competition was open to pupils from primary schools across the Gosport constituency. Caroline was joined by Cllr John Beavis (Mayor of Gosport), Mark Waldron (editor of The News) and Andy Wing (prolific local artist) to judge the entries.
The event took place at Gosport Discovery Centre where all competition entries will be on display until Monday 9th December.
Local MP Caroline Dinenage will celebrate the artistic talent of the young people from her constituency at an event to announce the winner of her Christmas card design competition on Monday.
Caroline wrote to all primary schools in Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington & Hill Head earlier in the year, inviting pupils to submit designs for her 2013 Christmas card competition. Having received over 100 entries, Caroline was joined by Cllr John Beavis (Mayor of Gosport), Mark Waldron (editor of The News) and Andy Wing (prolific local artist) to judge the designs.
After a lot of deliberation, the winner and three runners up have been decided upon and will be announced during an event at Gosport Discovery Centre on Monday evening.
Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:
"I was very impressed to see such fabulous creativity from our local school pupils and hope that they enjoyed designing their entries. A huge thanks goes to all of the teachers who co-ordinated their school's participation in the competition."
The event at Gosport Discovery Centre will begin at 5pm on Monday 2nd December and all entries will be on display at the Centre until Monday 9th December.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has today introduced former government minister, Lord Heseltine, to students and business representatives from across the local area.
Lord Heseltine's visit follows the publication of his report on local growth, 'No stone unturned in pursuit of growth', last year, in which he cited engagement between schools and businesses as an essential part of regional economic development. Today, he joined Caroline at Brune Park School to speak to local students and business representatives who have already benefited from his recommendation, thanks to the work of Education Business Partnership.
Following the meeting in Gosport, Caroline and Lord Heseltine attended the Solent Growth Summit arranged by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership at Botleigh Grange Hotel and spoke to business leaders and delegates from across the region.
Speaking after the visit, Caroline said:
"I was delighted to welcome Lord Heseltine to our area. His work on local growth is held in very high regard, and I am proud that some of his recommendations have already been acted upon in the Solent region. It was fantastic to hear from local students who are so enthusiastic about the schemes they are involved in.
As ever, it was great to speak with regional business delegates at the Solent Skills Summit – and I was interested to hear Lord Heseltine's fascinating insight into how we can stimulate growth in local areas."
Caroline has long been a champion of business & local growth. She is a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local growth. More recently, she was appointed Small Business Ambassador for the south by the Prime Minister.
Local MP Caroline Dinenage will welcome former government minister, Lord Heseltine, to Gosport tomorrow to see how local growth is being achieved in her constituency and the wider area.
Lord Heseltine published a report on local growth for the Government last year and since then, a number of his recommendations have been acted on in the South.
Tomorrow, Lord Heseltine will join Caroline at an event being run by Education Business Partnership to hear how students and business people have benefited from his recommendation to promote greater integration between schools and local businesses. His visit will also encompass the Solent Growth Summit which is taking place at Botleigh Grange Hotel later on in the day.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Caroline said:
"Encouraging young people to engage with businesses is essential to getting them enthusiastic about entrepreneurism. I am proud that this is already happening in our region and am confident that more schools and businesses will be inspired to forge linkages in the future.
I hope that Lord Heseltine is looking forward to meeting with business representatives from across the region and speaking to them about the findings of his report during the Growth Summit."
Caroline has long been a champion of business and local growth. As a member of the Business, Skills & Innovation Select Committee as well as a Co-Chair of the APPG on local growth, she is well placed to be accompanying Lord Heseltine on his visit to the Solent area tomorrow.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed news from the Court of Appeal that the sentence given to a youth who brutally attacked a Gosport man has been increased.
Samuel Armstrong was sentenced in September to 64 months in a young offenders' institute after he attacked Andrew Toseland off Forton Road in Gosport, leaving him with life changing injuries.
After conversations with Mr Toseland's family, the MP wrote to the Attorney General in October to express concerns about the punishment given to the attacker and to ask for the case to be referred to the Court of Appeal.
Mr Armstrong's sentence was increased to nine years at a Court of Appeal hearing earlier today, where the judge said that his crime had been a "wicked offence with devastating consequences".
Speaking after the announcement was made, Caroline said:
"The priority in this case has been to seek justice for Andrew Toseland and his family, whose lives have all been devastated by this horrific attack in which he suffered a brain injury so severe that he will require 24 hour care for the rest of his life. The Court of Appeal's decision to increase the sentence sends out a firm message that brutal behaviour of this nature is not acceptable and will be punished."
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is calling on local schools to get involved in pfeg's campaign to improve the financial capability of young people.
pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) is driving an initiative to get children talking about money and personal finance. The charity has delivered Get Money Smart posters and teaching materials to every primary and secondary school in the Gosport constituency. Ideas for different ages include checking your change, estimating the cost of a weekly shop, comparing mobile phone tariffs and budgeting for a holiday.
The campaign follows the Government's announcement that financial education will be taught in secondary schools as part of the National Curriculum from September 2014.
Speaking in support of the initiative, Caroline said:
"Getting pupils talking about money and the financial decisions they will face in the future is a fantastic way for them to develop lifelong skills.
I am delighted to be supporting this scheme which will help schools to get children enthusiastic about the crucial role that maths plays in everyday life. I would urge schools in the Gosport area to bring money to life in the classroom using the learning tools available."
The campaign comes as welcome news to Caroline, who has been a longstanding champion for raising rates of numeracy among British adults. Last month, she held a landmark debate in the House of Commons on the importance of literacy & numeracy skills and is currently working to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group on maths and numeracy.
Local MP Caroline Dinenage spoke in Westminster today in support of a stronger relationship between employers and the Armed Forces. The remarks came during a debate about the Government's plans to revitalise the Reserve forces.
Under the Government's proposals £1.8bn will be invested in the Reserves as they change to become an integral part of the Armed Forces that enjoys an open, predicable and supportive relationship with employers. As part of the reform package small and medium sized enterprises will be given additional financial support for employees who are away on service, while Reservists will be able to obtain fully accredited civilian qualifications while on duty.
Speaking in Westminster Caroline said, "As someone who has run a small business for 20 years, I know that for all Reservists, successful service in the military depends on the support of their employers.
It is therefore fantastic news that this Government will be placing a clear emphasis on the development of our Reservists, and on building and maintaining a transparent and productive relationship between employers and the Armed Forces. The extra finance for small and medium size businesses is a real step forward, and I welcome any opportunity that sees us helping people to learn new skills and acquire valuable transferable qualifications.
We owe a great debt both to the individuals who protect our national security and to the businesses that employ our Reserve Troops, and I'm delighted that Government is making sure that we are repaying both the employers, and the reservists themselves, by providing them with the training and skills to flourish both in the field and in the workplace."
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