In his hour-long meeting with Newquay BID, Newquay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Newquay Regeneration Forum, Steve listened attentively as the group outlined the key issues for businesses in Newquay.
Issues raised included the impact of school holiday rules, derelict sites, use of 106 money in Newquay, car parking, European funding, cuts to local services and planning decisions.
Rachel Craze, Chair of the Chamber said: ‘we know Steve can’t wave a magic wand but his willingness to get out and about to listen to business and use his new role to help make changes is really valuable to Newquay.’
Steve Double commented: ‘During my campaign I stated one of my key priorities if elected would be to support local business. I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Newquay business community to listen to their concerns and understand what they want from me as their MP.
I was impressed with how positive and committed they are to work together for the good of the town. I know we face some real challenges in Newquay but I am confident that we can work together to make a real positive difference.’
The BID will be working with Steve to organise a series of events throughout the year where local businesses can meet their MP and discuss any concerns or issues. He will be holding a quarterly surgery for business in the town and will hopefully be a key speaker at the new Love Newquay for Business Week in the autumn.
Kate Cortez, Assistant BID Manager, said: ‘we are delighted with how focussed Steve is on business and how willing he is to listen and be available to businesses in Newquay. We hope businesses take him up on his offer of surgeries as this is our chance to tell Government what matters to Newquay.’
Following this meeting we are particularly keen to hear from local businesses about the impact of the changes to school holiday regulations as Steve is pulling together evidence to make a case to the Minister of Education to reconsider the law. If you have been affected by this change please email the BID on firstname.lastname@example.org.