Chancellor’s speech: HW Wilson praised and meeting with Jimbo promised!

THE CHANCELLOR of the exchequer took the opportunity at his key note speech on Monday morning to praise Thurrock businesses.

In a packed hall at the Port of Tilbury Cruise Terminal, George Osborne laid out his plans to bring the UK forward to full employment.

In the middle of his speech, the chancellor took the opportunity to praise individual Thurrock businesses.

Mr Osborne said: “I would like to praise Thurrock business HW Wilson. A forward thinking business that last year took on five apprentices.

“However, not only did they take on five apprentices, they retained them as well. This is a great example of what we are trying to achieve.”

In a question and answer session, the chancellor was quizzed by the national media including the BBC’s Nick Robinson. However, the toughest question may have come from the owner of Partyman, Jimbo

Jim Sinclair asked the chancellor a number of key question on VAT and business rates including a request that new businesses be exempt for the first twelve months.

The chancellor told Mr Sinclair that the government have focussed on promoting re-opening empty shops in the high street but requested a meeting with Jimbo soon to discuss the matter further.

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