On Tuesday this week Staffordshire and Stoke's MPs, local government, businesses, charities and local heroes came together for the 2018 Celebration of Staffordshire in Parliament.
The county's 12 MPs were also joined by Staffordshire County Council, the Chambers of Commerce and Local Enterprise Partnership to show off the best that Staffordshire has to offer to the variety of government ministers, media and other MPs that attended.
The attendees from the county ranged from small, local causes, such as Tamworth Boxing Club and Caudwell Children in Newcastle-under-Lyme, to larger businesses such as Stoke's Mr Kipling's Cakes and ATP Group in Cannock. Five Cabinet ministers and numerous MPs also attended the event and heard each business owner’s successful stories.
The five Cabinet ministers included Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Karen Bradley, Gavin Williamson and James Brokenshire. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, even got to talk to Tamworth Brewery and Coates Butchers.
The event was held in the ornate Jubilee Room, an annex of the historic Westminster Hall, where tilers from Staffordshire famously built the entrance to the room.
It was wonderful to see so many parliamentary colleagues, small businesses, charities and local heroes come together for a celebration of Staffordshire in Parliament. I was very pleased to support the event in the best way I can and glad that so many Cabinet ministers were able to attend to hear first-hand the success that is happening in our county.
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:
“Days like this are invaluable opportunities to talk to potential investors about the economic opportunities in Staffordshire, our commitment to providing the physical and electronic infrastructure for future growth and how an increasingly skilled workforce can help new businesses prosper and existing ones thrive in a county with a good quality of life.”
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said:
“We are delighted to be joining forces with our MPs, businesses, local authorities and other organisations to celebrate and champion our area as a great place to live, work, invest and do business.
“The LEP has an important role as a business-led organisation bringing partners together to shape and drive economic growth with policies that are tailored to local needs and aspirations.
“We are proud to have the opportunity of this Parliamentary showcase for our achievements in bringing more and better jobs to our region, raising skills levels and promoting Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire around the world.”