MP meets Chamber of Commerce ahead of Business Debate

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge & West Devon held a business breakfast meeting on Monday 22nd November with members of the Tavistock Chamber of Commerce, in advance of a debate he has secured in the House of Commons on Wednesday 25 November entitled “Government Policy on Independent Retailers”.

The MP took the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues, including the health of the high street and local economy, and the general effect of the economic climate on independent retailers. Over twenty people from a wide range of businesses attended the event, which was organised by the Tavistock Chamber of Commerce Events Co-ordinator Robert Oxborough and Chairman Nigel Eadie.

Geoffrey Cox said “This was a very important meeting, which allowed me to take the pulse of local businesses and understand the detail of issues affecting trade and our local economy. I intend this to be the first of regular meetings with the Tavistock business community”.

He continued “It is critical in these very difficult circumstances the government is aware of what is happening in areas such as ours, specifically in relation to important business needs such as the willingness of banks to lend to small business, the vagaries of the business rates system and the need for local government to ensure better support for and consultation with local traders on matters such as parking”.