I was delighted to welcome local businesses and West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, to my Annual Aldridge-Brownhills Business Breakfast at Fairlawns Hotel last week to discuss the issues which matter to them.

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 and last week it was great to be joined by our West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

Recent economic figures have shown that unemployment is at a new 40-year low and is at just 2% in my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency. Public Sector Borrowing is at its lowest level since 2000, there is improved economic growth and we now have the highest number of first time buyers for more than a decade.

As we prepare for Brexit 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 budget and Brexit, but it was also an opportunity to hear more about some of the initiatives being pursued by Andy Street to improve and develop skills, transport and connectivity across the region.

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