West Suffolk businesses get chance to discuss post-EU referendum challenges with Jo Churchill

Jo Churchill MP
Jo Churchill MP

“Whatever the outcome of the EU Referendum, it is vital that the voice of business is heard loud and clear in order for this country to have a clear pathway for further prosperity.

“I think that this event with Jo Churchill MP will be the perfect opportunity for the business community in the Bury St. Edmunds area to step up that dialogue”.

Matt Moss, chair of the Bury St. Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, was speaking ahead of the organisations’ First Friday Networking meeting with the MP on July 1 from 11.30am to 2pm.

Jo Churchill will also be taking the opportunity to update attendees on her first eventful year in Parliament and what it has meant for businesses in her constituency.

Elected in May 2015 with a 20,000 vote lead over her nearest competitor, Jo Churchill is the first woman to represent Bury St Edmunds in the House of Commons.

Tackling local and regional issues like the sorely needed investment on the A14 and its “pinch points”, and securing better broadband connectivity across the rural parts of Suffolk have been part of Jo’s remit to make Bury St Edmunds better for businesses, and at this event attendees will hear how this, and other initiatives have progressed throughout the year.

Matt Moss added “the one thing we must impress upon all of our local representatives is they must avoid a prolonged political inquest about the outcome of the Referendum and instead help us persuade Government to start making some of the important decisions – including those relating to road and rail improvements – that seem to have been shelved in the run up to June 23”.

Clare Harding, Bury St. Edmunds Chamber‘s events & membership co-ordinator, explained that “this exciting opportunity is open to both members and non-members alike and we expect many businesses will take this opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Jo and impress upon her the needs of local businesses”.