MP STEPHEN CRABB recently spent the day visiting businesses across the north of the county to investigate the different issues facing local companies and the opportunities for growth in rural parts of the constituency.
Stephen visited a diverse range of well-established and new businesses from the tourism, haulage, agricultural, retail, transport and manufacturing sectors. The cost of fuel, broadband connectivity, banking difficulties and the importance of the Welsh language in business served as important topics of discussion.
The Preseli MP started the day with a visit to Fforest camp, an innovative tourism provider that offers a glamping experience near Cilgerran. He then continued with a tour of Crymych where he met with representatives from Riverlea, Jewsons, Crymych Couriers, Frenni Transport, J K Lewis and Midway Motors. Together these businesses employ over 200 local people. Stephen’s business tour coincided with the release of statistics showing a further fall in unemployment in the constituency, highlighting the importance of local firms in securing employment for people in Pembrokeshire.
Commenting following his business tour, Stephen said: “I had a brilliant day meeting businesses across North Pembrokeshire. I regularly meet with firms to talk about the real issues they face daily in business. It is important to look into what can be done to assist businesses in more rural parts of our county.
He added: “With a further fall in employment locally and across Wales, it was great to meet so many local businesses who are making a real difference and getting local people in employment. Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across our county are driving the fall in unemployment. It is these businesses that are the backbone of our local economy.
“It was great to meet two of Frenni Transport’s new recruits who started with the firm a few weeks ago. They represent the positive trend we have seen developing in the local economy all year.
“Many of the businesses I visited remarked on how last year was a challenging year. However, they generally seemed positive in their outlook of the year ahead. It was encouraging to see such rural entrepreneurship and vision with many companies discussing fresh ideas for development.