Chancellor meets business leaders during Wirral visit

Wirral Globe: George Osborne addresses Wirral Chamber meeting George Osborne addresses Wirral Chamber meeting

CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer George Osborne took questions from business leaders on issues affecting them during a visit to Wirral.

He emphasised the role local businesses can play in continuing to help the economy grow during a 20-minute speech at The Wro in West Kirby, as part in an event organised by Wirral Chamber Of Commerce.

Afterwards he took questions from chamber members on topics such as VAT cuts, effects of business rates, subsidies for offshore renewables, housing markets and house prices, and the opportunities which could arise from the development of shale gas projects.

He also asked delegates to think about export opportunities, indicating that these developing marketplaces can be the future of the British economy.

The visit was arranged by the chamber's honorary president, Wirral West MP and minister for employment, Esther McVey.

She said afterwards: "I was delighted to bring the chancellor to Wirral to meet with many of our business leaders.

"We have a fantastic array of businesses - large and small - from Cammell Laird, Heap and Partners, The Contact Company, Bibby Line, Boodles to Linghams Book Shop and Concept Mortgages, to name just a few.

"He met them all to hear their views. It is vital that our local businesses are heard and are linked into the heart of Westminster decision-making.

“By listening to the business community, this Government has helped create the right conditions to allow businesses to grow, resulting since 2010 in the creation of a record number of jobs, two million, that's more people with a pay packet each month and being able to provide for their families.”

Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said: "It was a great opportunity for us to listen and discuss issues affecting both economic growth and business on a day-to-day basis.

"it was clear that there is a growing business confidence but they still need Government to help and back them in key support areas.

“I would like to think that when he left Mr Osborne took with him a positive message from our members that Wirral is a centre of business excellence”

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2:51pm Fri 4 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

Was the Mayor,Council leader and Chief Exec there to welcome hime to our 'well performing' Council?
Was the Mayor,Council leader and Chief Exec there to welcome hime to our 'well performing' Council? bigfoot
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2:52pm Fri 4 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

Was the Mayor,Council leader and Chief Exec there to welcome him to our 'well performing' Council? It seems the fragrant Esther was on his right hand side.
Was the Mayor,Council leader and Chief Exec there to welcome him to our 'well performing' Council? It seems the fragrant Esther was on his right hand side. bigfoot
  • Score: 3

3:04pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Thepleb says...

Esther Mcvey spouting off the conservative bile about creating two million jobs meaning over 1.5 million public sector jobs decimated, these two million on less wages,zero hour contracts, why wouldn't Mcvey bring up the cuts to local services,closures of special schools or the recently announced 500 crop of council workers, did Rat face Osbourne sneak onto the borough makes you sick to see local business people suck up to him.
Esther Mcvey spouting off the conservative bile about creating two million jobs meaning over 1.5 million public sector jobs decimated, these two million on less wages,zero hour contracts, why wouldn't Mcvey bring up the cuts to local services,closures of special schools or the recently announced 500 crop of council workers, did Rat face Osbourne sneak onto the borough makes you sick to see local business people suck up to him. Thepleb
  • Score: 4

8:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

PaulCa says...

Crooked as they come.
Crooked as they come. PaulCa
  • Score: 2

9:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Just don't ask him a maths question! What jot will it make to the local economy? Just another opportunity to grab a few headlines. Never known a weaker chancellor. Btw, Paula Basnetts job title changes at every event!
Just don't ask him a maths question! What jot will it make to the local economy? Just another opportunity to grab a few headlines. Never known a weaker chancellor. Btw, Paula Basnetts job title changes at every event! Joeblogg85
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

hobroW says...

Manager of Egerton House Wirral;
CEO of Wirral business Partnership which took over Wirral Chamber of Commerce

Ex Head of Invest Wirral

FYI

Anything else anyone??
Manager of Egerton House Wirral; CEO of Wirral business Partnership which took over Wirral Chamber of Commerce Ex Head of Invest Wirral FYI Anything else anyone?? hobroW
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Thu 10 Jul 14

keith3028 says...

CEO of the 'independent' Chamber of Commerce / Manager of Egerton House and ex Head of Invest Wirral......still empire building!......isn't it funny that Egerton House staff share offices with their 'independent' Chamber colleagues and our busy Council hierarchy are frequent visitors.
There was earlier talk of her standing as a councillor in a 'safe' labour seat in Claughton (she must have been too busy to further it!) Maybe new Wirral mayor is on the horizon.....or just maybe the Police have finished their investigation into the "goings on" when Invest Wirral reigned supreme?
Lets wait and see......she could even run for her friend Esther McVey's job....the world appears to be her oyster.
CEO of the 'independent' Chamber of Commerce / Manager of Egerton House and ex Head of Invest Wirral......still empire building!......isn't it funny that Egerton House staff share offices with their 'independent' Chamber colleagues and our busy Council hierarchy are frequent visitors. There was earlier talk of her standing as a councillor in a 'safe' labour seat in Claughton (she must have been too busy to further it!) Maybe new Wirral mayor is on the horizon.....or just maybe the Police have finished their investigation into the "goings on" when Invest Wirral reigned supreme? Lets wait and see......she could even run for her friend Esther McVey's job....the world appears to be her oyster. keith3028
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12:45pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hobroW says...

keith3028 wrote:
CEO of the 'independent' Chamber of Commerce / Manager of Egerton House and ex Head of Invest Wirral......still empire building!......isn't it funny that Egerton House staff share offices with their 'independent' Chamber colleagues and our busy Council hierarchy are frequent visitors.
There was earlier talk of her standing as a councillor in a 'safe' labour seat in Claughton (she must have been too busy to further it!) Maybe new Wirral mayor is on the horizon.....or just maybe the Police have finished their investigation into the "goings on" when Invest Wirral reigned supreme?
Lets wait and see......she could even run for her friend Esther McVey's job....the world appears to be her oyster.
14 or 154 th July read agenda of audit and risk committee with papers finally being published re "when Invest wirral reigned supreme".

police investigation does appear to be over
[quote][p][bold]keith3028[/bold] wrote: CEO of the 'independent' Chamber of Commerce / Manager of Egerton House and ex Head of Invest Wirral......still empire building!......isn't it funny that Egerton House staff share offices with their 'independent' Chamber colleagues and our busy Council hierarchy are frequent visitors. There was earlier talk of her standing as a councillor in a 'safe' labour seat in Claughton (she must have been too busy to further it!) Maybe new Wirral mayor is on the horizon.....or just maybe the Police have finished their investigation into the "goings on" when Invest Wirral reigned supreme? Lets wait and see......she could even run for her friend Esther McVey's job....the world appears to be her oyster.[/p][/quote]14 or 154 th July read agenda of audit and risk committee with papers finally being published re "when Invest wirral reigned supreme". police investigation does appear to be over hobroW
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