LAST month the Prime Minister visited the United Arab Emirates to blow the trumpet for British business.
It jogged my memory back to my first meeting with Sutton firm Abacus Lighting, who said they’d love to be one of the businesses who accompanied the PM on trade trips.
When I was invited to be part of a cross-Party group to promote trade and investment ties for our constituencies I jumped at the chance because we have a number of businesses in Ashfield who export there or want to do export there. After speaking to Abacus Lighting, Midland Aerospace, Synseal, R&D Leverage and Romo we decided the best thing to do would be to take along all their promotional material and examples of their work so I could put them straight into the hands of business leaders and Government Ministers.
Although the UAE may sound a million miles from the East Midlands, the fact is last year our region exported goods worth £337m to the region. As they say it’s a small world.
Ashfield is getting into the festive spirit
WHEN I’ve been back home in Ashfield I’ve got well and truly into the festive spirit.
The events in Kirkby and Sutton really started me off and I have to say that all of the volunteers really pulled out all of the stops.
Not only did the stalls have some great gifts, but they were raising cash for good causes as well.
I bought my Mum and Dad a beautiful Christmas card from a stall in Sutton Centre and a cake recipe book from Teversal Football Club’s stall in Portland Square, whilst the wine and water game was an absolute revelation too. It was £1 a go and you chose a wrapped bottle which was either wine or water. £8 later I finally got what I wanted!
I was also wowed by the Ashfield Allstars Cheerleading Squad training session in Selston.
There were moments when my heart was in my mouth, especially when some of the girls were thrown up in the air and caught again.
There are over 60 girls on the books and they are desperate to compete in competitions next year, but in order to do so they need to raise almost £6,000. If you’d like to help, please do get in touch with Caroline on 07760176778.