Glossop business owners last week got their opportunity since the election to speak to re-elected local MP Andrew Bingham, as he was guest speaker at Glossop Business Network's latest lunch.
The two hour lunch meeting is held on the third Friday of every month, and is a chance for local business owners to get together to learn about each other’s' businesses, discuss any concerns or issues, and pass on new ideas.
Mr Bingham was asked to the most recent networking lunch, which was the 9th anniversary of the founding of Glossop Business Network, by the organiser, Kathy Ford.
Speaking afterwards, Andrew said:
“I'm always happy to hear from local business owners, and events like this are an ideal opportunity. It's good to talk to them about their experience of Government schemes, and to hear their thoughts about what the economy is really like on the ground, rather than hearing about it through statistics on a page. It's also a good opportunity for them to raise any concerns they have, and to let me know what issues they have locally.
"I'm always happy to do anything I can to promote local businesses, and I am constantly pushing Ministers in London to make life easier for small businesses, as they are the real engine room of the economy.”
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham attended the official opening of the Buxton Branch of the Royal British Legion’s new premises last week, as they look to build on a successful year of fundraising in 2014.
There was a good turnout for the opening of the premises, just off Hardwick Street, where the ribbon was cut by the new Mayor of High Peak, Cllr. Stewart Young.
“I was delighted to attend the opening of the Royal British Legion’s new premises in Buxton. They’re now very close to the town centre, and hopefully they can use this as a base for growing their fundraising activities.
“The Royal British Legion do fantastic work every year to commemorate those who have given their lives in wartime, and to help those who have been injured in battle. We must never forget the sacrifice those brave soldiers have made to ensure our freedom.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week praised the fund-raising efforts of Holy Trinity Church in Dinting, following their three-day Flower Festival, which he visited.
The Church put together displays of flowers, which had been arranged by local church-goers and sponsored by local companies. Visitors were also able to buy home-made food and drinks, as well as buy a guide to the history of the Church.
“This is a fantastic event which I hope has raised a lot of money for the Church. The displays of flowers, in lots of different themes, are all very well done, and create a real sense of summer in the Church.
“I would urge people to go along to their local Church and see what events they have planned, because if they’re even half as good as this one, they’ll be well worth going to.”
The High Peak’s Conservative Candidate for the General Election, Andrew Bingham, last week brought the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, to visit Glossop North End, to celebrate their success in reaching the final of the FA Vase, and also to hear the Club’s concerns about the FA’s ticketing process.
Andrew had heard that the club were going to get far less income from playing at Wembley than they had back in 2009, so brought the Secretary of State to visit Glossop to hear the concerns himself, directly from club officials.
The Secretary of State first visited the club’s ‘pop-up shop’ on High Street West, where he met with Stewart Taylor and heard about the situation with the FA’s ticketing process, and how it will leave the club with much-reduced proceeds from ticket sales.
In response, the Secretary of State said that he would write to the FA and raise these concerns with them directly. Although the FA are completely independent from Government, he stated that he hoped that putting some pressure on them would cause them to reconsider their ticketing policy.
Following the visit to the shop, Stewart took the Secretary of State to visit the club’s ground, and pointed out the improvements to the ground that were made as a direct result of the proceeds from the 2009 FA Vase Final.
After the visit, Andrew said:
“I’m very grateful to the Secretary of State for agreeing to visit Glossop North End in order to hear their concerns about ticketing at the FA Vase Final.
“He was genuinely concerned about the situation when I initially explained it. I know he is a fellow supporter of grassroots football, so I am pleased he will be taking this issue up with the FA.
“I also want to thank the club and their officials for organising access to the ground at very short notice, and to Stewart for being available to meet with the Secretary of State and explain the situation to him.”
The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, added:
“Stewart explained the FA’s ticketing policy to me and let me know his concerns about the effect it might have on grassroots football. I will therefore be writing to the FA to ask them to look into this situation, as I firmly believe they should be doing everything they can to support smaller clubs such as Glossop North End.
“I’m particularly grateful to Andrew for raising this issue with me and asking me along to Glossop North End to hear more about the situation. It is because of him and his prompt action that I visited the club, and he is an absolute credit to the High Peak.”