Representatives from two local companies met the Chancellor of the Exchequer recently, after an invite from local MP Andrew Bingham.
Andrew regularly speaks to the Chancellor about the local economy, so he was asked if he would like to bring two representatives from local employers to Downing Street to meet with the Chancellor to raise any issues directly with him. Andrew therefore invited representatives from two large local companies - Ashley Bryan from Hope Construction Materials, and Philip Heath from Kingspan in Glossop.
The pair met with the Chancellor at the reception, and talked to him about the challenges facing companies, as well as the measures the Government is taking to help businesses grow and create jobs.
"I was delighted to bring Philip and Ashley to meet with the Chancellor, at the time of the invitation I was talking to them both about issues affecting their businesses at the time, so it was an ideal opportunity."
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham hosted a two-day visit to the area by the Taiwanese Ambassador, Dr Chih-Kung Liu, earlier this month, after inviting him to visit the Borough to meet local manufacturers and discuss potential opportunities for High Peak companies to trade in the Far East. Naturally as tourism plays such a major part in the local economy, the Ambassador and his Party also wished to see some of the High Peak as part of their visit.
After arriving at The Old Hall Hotel last Thursday, the Ambassador and his delegation met with Andrew and the Mayor of High Peak, Cllr. Stewart Young, before being escorted to St. Ann’s Well to taste the famous Buxton Water. The group was then given a backstage tour of Buxton Opera House by the Chief Executive, Simon Glinn, who explained about the history of the Opera House and Buxton Festival.
After watching rehearsals for this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, the delegation joined Andrew on a trip out to Castleton, down through Winnats Pass to Speedwell Cavern, where they were taken down into the mine workings to the underground boat ride. The owner, John Harrison, talked them through the history of the workings during their boat ride to the cavern.
Once back at the surface, they returned to Buxton, where students from the University of Derby served dinner for them at the Devonshire Dome. They were joined by representatives from a range of small businesses from across the High Peak.
“The dinner on the Thursday night was an opportunity for local businesses to meet and chat with members of the Taiwanese in an informal setting. There was a member of the delegation on each table together with local business owners and organisations.”
The following day, the University of Derby again played host, as Andrew had organised a business seminar for the Ambassador and local companies, who were given presentations from the delegation, the East Midlands Chamber, and High Peak Borough Council. They also got chance to have further talks with the various company representatives present.
“The presentations were very interesting, and it was clear that the help available to companies wanting to export to Taiwan is extremely good. I think it was a really useful session, which showed how open for business the Taiwanese are.”
Following the seminar, the delegation again joined Andrew for a trip out to the Health and Safety Laboratory, where they met Chief Executive Eddie Morland, who talked them through the history of the site and what they do, before giving them a short tour of the facility.
The Ambassador was very keen to learn more about Buxton water as it was his only knowledge of the area prior to his visit, so the last stop on their visit to the High Peak was to the new factory at Waterswallows, where the delegation was given a tour of their state-of-the-art bottling facility.
Following the visit, Andrew said:
“I’m very grateful to the Ambassador for coming up to the High Peak. I explained to him that although we are a rural area, we have a lot of manufacturing expertise up here – and more than some cities have.
“As well as this, the Ambassador saw some of the many attractions we have for visitors to the area, and was left in no doubt as to the cultural importance of the High Peak.
“I’m always trying my best to help promote local businesses, and I hope that the Ambassador’s visit will lead to increased interest in exporting to the far-east, as well as an increase in visitors from Taiwan, who may otherwise not have considered coming to this part of the UK.”
“I would like to thank all the organisations who helped with the visit. The Ambassador said that it was a revelation to him what the area had to offer, both as a destination for visitors and a potential trading area for his country. We put on a great show for the delegation and I know that they have several leads and potential opportunities that they intend to follow up on with our local businesses.”
The Ambassador said:
“I would like to thank Andrew Bingham for inviting us to High Peak for what proved a very productive visit. I would also like to thank High Peak Borough Council, the University of Derby and everyone else who worked hard to make this possible.
"Having now established a firm base for future co-operation, there is certainly much cause for optimism and I am confident a number of High Peak SMEs will go on to forge strong partnerships with Taiwan. For these SMEs, Taiwan is not only an important export market in its own right, it is also the optimum gateway to the market of mainland China.
"This is the message we brought to High Peak and I hope it will reach all companies in the region. I encourage High Peak SMEs to contact us and make good use of our Mission’s services which will provide assistance and support on doing business in and with Taiwan.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham gave members of Glossop Rotary Club a tour around the Houses of Parliament last week, as he welcomed them to Westminster for the day.
The trip followed on from a visit by Andrew to Glossop Rotary Club earlier in the year, when he was asked if it was possible for the club to have a visit to Westminster.
A few months later, in late November, members of the club caught an early-morning coach down to London, where the group spent a few hours Christmas shopping on Oxford Street and seeing some of the sights of London. They then made their way to Westminster for their tour, which was followed by a Q&A session with Andrew.
Tony Bell, who organised the trip, said:
"Andrew took us on a superb trip around the Palace of Westminster, starting on the Terrace overlooking the Thames, before going to the Central Lobby and on into the Commons Chamber."
"After the tour, Andrew answered a wide variety of questions posed by members of our group. It was an absolutely wonderful day out and a fascinating insight into the workings of our parliament."
"All the members of Glossop Rotary Club, their relatives and friends who were fortunate enough to have been on the trip offer Andrew our sincerest thanks for such an unforgettable and exhilarating visit to Westminster Palace."
“It’s always a pleasure to see people from the High Peak down in Westminster, and I was happy to show members of Glossop Rotary Club around Parliament. Everyone seemed very interested in the history of the building, and everything that has happened here over the years, and I hope that they had an enjoyable day.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week secured a debate in Parliament, to be held next Tuesday, about the proposed closure of the court in Buxton, which serves the whole of the High Peak.
Having already spoken forcefully in the chamber of the House of Commons about the proposals, during a general debate about the UK-wide consultation, Andrew secured a debate in Westminster Hall about the specific proposal to close the only court left in the High Peak.
The debate will take place in Westminster Hall between 11am and 11:30am next Tuesday (10 November). At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will have to respond.
“I’m delighted to get another chance to tell the Minister what a shoddy piece of work the consultation document is, and outline once again the many errors and mistakes that have been included in it.
“The document is, at best, extremely inaccurate, and at worst, is downright misleading.
“I also look forward to putting the case for retaining the court, and outlining how reliant we are in the High Peak - being relatively rural - on a court in the local area, especially given the weather we get in winter months.”