Supporting Our Local Economy

Many people live in Horsham and work further afield but Jeremy believes it is vital that Horsham remains a thriving economic unit in its own right, as it has been for hundreds of years.

Jeremy actively supports local businesses and enjoys meeting the Local Enterprise Partnership, Business Groups and employers to discuss their future plans and the impact their businesses have on the local and national economy.

Nationally, employment is at a record high with more people in work than ever before. This pattern is reflected in Horsham –currently around 1.3% of the economically active population are unemployed and claiming benefits, well below the national figure of  3.3% (itself the lowest rate  of unemployment since the early 1970s). This means that Horsham has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country (rated around 600 out of 650 constituencies).  

Jeremy attends employment events in Horsham and is always keen to discuss the benefits of different employment options, such as apprenticeships and graduate schemes. Jeremy also regularly meets the team at the Job Centre Plus to find out how they are supporting people in their journey into employment.  This has been an ongoing interest since Jeremy served on the DWP Select Committee. 

Jeremy is fully aware of the importance a strong local economy has on the local community and will continue to support local businesses in the area.


Horsham Business Roundtable

On Friday morning I held a roundtable with small businesses in Horsham.  A range of issues came up, both national and local, including recent measures announced in the Spring Budget and steps that can be taken to support footfall and customer engagement in Horsham.

English Tourism Week- Wakehurst Place (8/10)

Wakehurst Place in Adringly has over 500 acres of wild landscapes to explore, including ornamental gardens, woodlands and meadows. Particular Spring highlights is a carpet of bluebells in Bethlehem Wood (pictured) and bright spring blooms in the Water Garden.

English Tourism Week- High Beeches (6/10)

High Beeches Garden is a 27 acre woodland and water garden situated in Handcross. The natural woodland has been sensitively planted to create a garden of great beauty and tranquility.

English Tourism Week- Southwater Country Park (5/10)

Southwater Country Park is a great day out for everyone of all ages and abilities. The Country Park is beautiful to walk around, with easy-going, flat paths. The Dinosaur Island play area celebrates the iguanodon skeleton that was found in the lake.

English Tourism Week- Nymans Gardens (4/10)

Nymans Gardens is one of the National Trust’s most treasured gardens. It is beautiful in all seasons and the signs of spring are already popping up across the estate.

English Tourism Week- Sumners Ponds (3/10)

Sumners Ponds offers all their guests a unique camping experience giving everyone a taster into the delights of the West Sussex country side. Sumners Pond also gives its younger guests the opportunity to connect with a real working farm.