Tom Hunt, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ipswich, spoke with over 60 of the region’s business leaders at a special event organised by the Ipswich Suffolk Business Club on 7th February 2020.
The energetic event with the new MP, supported by The Ipswich and Suffolk Club, local brewer Greene King and integrated marketing and PR agency Genesis, kickstarted a packed calendar of events for the Business Club this year.
In his speech, Tom spoke passionately about the opportunities for Ipswich and said he is keen to work with businesses to unlock Ipswich’s full potential.
One of the key things he wants to fight for is the Northern bypass, saying: “as it stands there is a housing requirement, but we have a solid business case for the bypass. We can show that for every £1 spent you get £2.20 back, double what you get for HS2. This proves unequivocally there is a business case for the bypass.”
He also spoke about the high street in Ipswich and what its challenges are, saying: “it needs to be a competitive playing field and it’s not. The government has made some positive moves on business rates but more needs to be done. More investment needs to be made into the town centre. Ipswich town centre will shortly be benefiting from £25 million from the stronger town fund.”
Having recently been appointed to the Education Select Committee, Tom is passionate about fighting for special needs provision within education, saying: “there are issues in education across the country, but most importantly the government needs to take more steps to make degree apprenticeships more viable for Universities to run. We have countless future jobs coming up in the area and I want to see local young people benefitting from those opportunities and being able to take those jobs, and we’re only going to be able to do that if we have the right apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and training schemes, which I will be vocal on with my role on the education committee.”
Luke Morris, Chairman of the Ipswich Suffolk Business Club, said: “Tom set out his views and priorities clearly and candidly, and it was a great opportunity for our Members the Business Club to speak as directly back to him about their priorities. It was a great event and a lively start to our 2020 Programme."
Now in its sixth year, the Club attracts high quality speakers, giving members the opportunity to hear from and question exceptional business entrepreneurs and political influencers. For more information please see www.isbclub.org.uk.
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