Front of picture: Judy Tottey and Oliver Colvile MP


THE Conservative party in Plymouth has set up a new business forum to support local MPs lobbying ministers in London on future business plans, skills, self-employed agenda, transport, and economic policies that will impact on the city.

The Mayflower Business Club’s inaugural launch was attended by 15 business leaders from around the city at the Royal Western Yacht Club, and is open to Plymouth firms passionate about the future development and well being of the city, said Oliver Colvile MP.

Mr Colvile, said: “The country has a new Prime Minister in Teresa May, and the Government is focussed on maximising our trading prospects and growth in the city and South West region.”

“It is important we have a strong business voice post-Brexit and our new business forum is looking to create dialogue across all sectors,¬†including key employers, public and private sectors, working with the city MPs, Ministers, and Council bosses.”

Henry Hutchins, chief executive of Clever Student Lets who attended the launch, said: “I think this new business group will add strategic value, and give the city a voice with influencers in Whitehall – and especially linking in with policy making decisions.”

Mr Hutchins was a leading city businessman that campaigned for Brexit, and added: “The launch of the Mayflower Business Club has come at a critical time for the city’s future, and will give confidence that our business and political leaders are speaking with one voice to decision makers at Westminster post-Brexit.”

Last week the Government launched a review into the changing world of work with a clear remit to examine the growth of self-employment opportunities and businesses.

Kevin Kelway, director of Dorcas Media, said: “My business was set up over 3 years ago and I believe the government needs to do more to encourage entrepreneurship, and the benefits of setting up your own enterprise with less red tape, together with giving more rights for the self-employed also.”

“I like the informality and networking of this new forum and a major business initiative being led by Oliver Colvile,” said Mr Kelway.

The new business forum will meet 3 times a year, have regular newsletters, chart commitments, conduct surveys, with pre-and post analysis of Budget statements and proposals, said Mr Colvile.

Anyone looking for more information can contact:   Judy Tottey, Chair of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Conservative Association email:

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