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.

News

Supporting Employment Now and in the Future

While we are glued to the data and await the decision on the next step on lifting lockdown scheduled for 14th June, it is apparent that “Step 3” of the “unlocking” which we entered on 17th May is having a beneficial effect on many businesses and employees.  Many have returned to work from furloug

English Tourism Week and our Cautious Unlocking

Spring, finally, appears to have arrived! It is so good to see people out in Horsham looking much happier and I hope everyone was able to enjoy what I hope will be the last bank holiday weekend subject to remaining restrictions.

Jeremy Quin Visits Sussex Leaded Lights

On Tuesday I popped into Sussex Leaded Lights to chat with Simon Durant - the younger half of the father and son duo behind the business.

It was fascinating to learn about the careful craftsmanship behind repairing and conserving priceless windows.

Jeremy Quin Visits Sussex Biltong

It was great to meet Craig Black and his team at Sussex Biltong to congratulate them on being finalists in this year’s Sussex Food and Drink Awards.

Reopening!

Last Monday a number of Coronavirus restrictions were lifted allowing “non-essential” shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen, at least in part.  

Celebrating Small Business Saturday

Whilst the pandemic has been tough for many local businesses and high-street firms. I was pleased to hear last week that according to recent analysis Horsham was in the top 25 “most resilient” town centres and was the top ranked in the south east.  

Supporting Families in Need

I visited Horsham Job Centre last week, one of the many that have risen to a huge challenge during Covid and, assisted by an increase in staff, are providing practical help and training.

Jeremy Quin Visits Horsham Job Centre

I visited Horsham Job Centres Plus and was very impressed with the work they have been doing to support customers during this difficult time.