I was delighted to welcome local businesses to my Annual Aldridge-Brownhills Business Breakfast at Fairlawns Hotel earlier today to discuss the issues which matter to them and affect their businesses on a day to day basis.

An important part of my role as your Member of Parliament is to get out and about across my constituency and listen to our business community.

Recent economic figures have shown that unemployment remains low and is at just 2% in my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency and the emphasis of the most recent budget was to help drive economic growth through the wider economy.

As we still grapple with the war in Ukraine and the wider impact that this is having on our economy and energy and food supply chains it is more important than ever that we listen to the small businesses and manufacturers who are helping to drive the economic growth, job creation and wage security across the West Midlands and it was great to hear their views.

As you would expect, we discussed the ongoing situation with energy and labour shortages and the need to champion the manufacturing and engineering sectors which are so vital to the Black Country and my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency.

The business breakfast was an excellent opportunity to raise and discuss issues with our local business community and I really appreciate everyone’s time and input. Thank You.

If you are a local business and would like to attend a future event, please do email me at wendy.morton.mp@parliament.uk