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.


Industries of the Future

Although Parliament is in full session I was pleased last week to hold meetings in Horsham which a wide area including new support services being provided to families going through difficult times; new ways of working in the NHS which are delivering better patient outcomes; two school visits and

The Future of Employment

It was a pleasure to visit Collyers to talk about “employability”. As generations of Horsham Parliamentary candidates have discovered a question time session at the College produces varied, intelligent, probing questions! Last week was no exception.

Turning the Interest Rate Cycle

Last week the Bank of England raised base rates for the first time in 10 years. As so often with economic decisions it is easy to argue whether this is a good or bad decision. Many will do so. Some no doubt will agree with both statements!

Helping People into Work

On last week’s figures unemployment locally remains very low indeed. This reflects the national picture with the lowest unemployment since 1975.

Employment Rates Hit Historic Highs

This month we lost two hugely familiar faces from our screens: Bruce Forsyth and Robert Hardy. Both were abidingly popular throughout their long careers.

Supporting Entrepreneurs of the Future

Some 14 per cent of those working in Horsham are self-employed – and if you are a budding entrepreneur getting good advice at the outset is invaluable.  For some, best advice can actually be don’t do it – or at least don’t do it yet!  However for many there is a real opportunity and getting the b

Celebrating Rudgwick's success

It is always great to visit local success stories and I did so last week at the Old Brickworks in Rudgwick the home, among others, of Charmer Cheese and the Firebird Brewery.  Charmer is a brilliant name for a terrific product.  The cheese is locally sourced with all the milk coming from Rudgwick

Supporting Small Business Saturday

This weekend marks the third annual Small Business Saturday.  There 5.4 million small businesses in the UK and time and again consumers say how much they appreciate the individualism, variety and personal connection offered by an independent retailer.  Our local independents are a prominent facto