Hello and welcome to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed.
This week the highlight for me was welcoming George from the Tamworth Brewing Company to Parliament where I had been able to get his ‘Hoppy Poppy’ beer served in Strangers’ Bar – a pub in the House of Commons.
This, I think, is testament to the amazing journey George and the team have been on in the 11 months since they first opened their doors. They’re leading the way with small scale regeneration in the town, showing that Tamworth is an excellent place for entrepreneurs to set up, and importantly, putting Tamworth on the beer map. Well done George and all the team. Long may your success continue.
Elsewhere this week in Parliament we began the five days of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement which will conclude on Tuesday with a vote on whether to accept or reject the draft text. It’s no secret that this may be tricky. I just hope that colleagues will carefully consider what the potential outcomes may be if the draft agreement is rejected on Tuesday.
Brexit wasn’t the only thing happening this week however. There was some excellent news on British exports and how the Industrial Strategy is helping to improve future prospects for British businesses.
New figures show that the West Midlands exported nearly £34bn worth of goods and services in the year to September 2018. This is an increase of 3.2 per cent from the year before. In this period, the total value of exports was £335.587 billion from the United Kingdom. This is 4 per cent higher than the same period last year – an increase of over £12.8 billion.
The figures are the latest confirmation that, despite political and Brexit uncertainty, the United Kingdom continues its success as a great exporting nation – with exports in goods and services helping to create more, better-paying jobs across the country.
The government’s Export Strategy will continue to build on these successes. This ambitious new plan will help to boost British exports to 35 per cent of GDP, so that British businesses can lead the way in creating jobs, raising wages and growing our economy.
All that’s left to say is that I trust you have a great weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing.