BUSINESSES from the Essex Chambers of Commerce visited the House of Commons to discuss investment, infrastructure and trade in the Thames Gateway at a meeting hosted by Witham MP Priti Patel and Local Government Minister Mark Francois.
Local Government Minister Mark Francois is the lead Minister for the Thames Gateway and updated the meeting on the Government’s plans for the area and the role of the Thames Estuary Commission announced in the Budget.
Ms Patel said: "The economy in Essex is growing and creating jobs thanks to the innovation and entrepreneurialism of the business community. But to unlock our full potential we need new infrastructure and it was great to discuss how to get the most out of the Thames Gateway with Mark Francois. By getting the vision for the Thames Gateway right and involving businesses in the decision-making process, we can bring in new investment and create more jobs."
Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said:
"This forum which we have been running for several years now with support from Rt Hon Priti Patel MP is an excellent way to allow ministers to hear first-hand their views of our members and this latest meeting was no exception.
Members were keen to hear about the proposed Thames Estuary Commission to be led by Lord Heseltine and how it will engage with businesses in taking forward the development of south Essex and north Kent but also highlighted the issues around transport infrastructure in Essex which is key to keeping the economy growing. I am grateful to Rt Hon Mark Francois for taking time out of his busy diary to meet with us for what was an extremely worthwhile discussion."