Supporting local businesses

Throughout my time as the Forest’s MP I have always taken the time to engage with and listen to the concerns of our job creators.

This includes large businesses like Lucozade Ribena Suntory, one of our biggest employers, who have invested millions in their Coleford factory which I have toured several times, and who I have helped host events in Parliament.

Equally, I take the time to listen to our small and medium sized businesses, including our shops and those in the hospitality sector who are the backbone of the local economy. I went to particular lengths to support them in our recovery from the pandemic, leading the case in Parliament to get our economy back open as soon as safely possible.

Several local businesses have been the beneficiaries of Government grants in recent years and I have been happy to play my part in supporting them. For example, the Rising Sun at Woodcroft and the George Café in Newnham have received £175,000 and £250,000 respectively from the Community Ownership Fund, helping to get these fantastic venues back open and run by and for the local community.


English Tourism Week 2024

Coordinated by VisitEngland and taking place from Friday 15 – Sunday 24 March, English Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the tourism industry, highlighting its importance to local economies and promoting the innovation, quality and range of products and services on offer to encourage more

Small Business Saturday 2023

Today is #SmallBusinessSaturday, a celebration of the small and medium sized businesses we have right here across our beautiful corner of Gloucestershire. I have lived in the Forest for over twenty years, and I have used and got to know so many of the fantastic business and business owners.

Cinderford Market

This morning, I enjoyed paying a visit to the Friday Market at the Picture House Gallery in Cinderford.

Meeting with Suntory in Parliament

It was a pleasure to meet the team from Suntory Beverage & Food at The Food & Drink Federation’s event in Parliament last week. As a major employer in my constituency, it is always fruitful to meet with the Suntory team.

Visit to Suntory Beverage & Food

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Forest Factory in Coleford again - the home base for the production of Lucozade and Ribena.

Welcoming Ribena to Parliament

Suntory Beverage & Food is one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK and their factory in Coleford, home to Ribena, has sustained many skilled jobs in the Forest of Dean since 1947.

Visit to the Asha Centre in Flaxley

The Forest of Dean has many great businesses and organisations based within its beautiful landscape, which I as its Member of Parliament am very fortunate to be able to visit. Today was a perfect example as I had the privilege of visiting the Asha Centre in Flaxley, Mitcheldean.

Visit to NewSpace Containers at Lydney Harbour Industrial Estate

One of the many great parts of being the Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean is that you often get invited to visit some of the fantastic businesses that we have based here. Last Friday was one of those great days as I visited NewSpace Containers on the Lydney Harbour Estate.

Visit to the Dean Heritage Centre

With English Tourism week running from 17th to the 26th March, I was pleased to be invited to visit the Dean Heritage Centre on Friday.

It was a pleasure to visit the centre once again and be updated on recent developments and future plans for the site.

English Tourism Week 2023

I am proud to be supporting English Tourism Week and in particular all of the fantastic tourism offers we have here in the Forest of Dean.