Top Tory visits to hear business views from local builder

CONSERVATIVE Party Chairman Brandon Lewis made a visit to Thurrock and dropped by local builder HW Wilson to hear about the issues faced by local businesses.
Key concerns were the vandalism and detritus caused by anti-social behaviour and the challenge businesses are facing in finding skilled workers.
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I am pleased that Brandon is making it his business to hear the concerns of business. The Conservative Party is nothing if it is not the party that creates the wealth and the jobs that keep our country going. There is nothing we can do in Government without the taxes earned by the risk-takers who run their own businesses. Wilsons are also the most community spirited business I know, and I am grateful for the frank feedback from Peter Wiffen and his staff.
“The growth in anti-social behaviour in South Ockendon has become a growing concern and it is clear it is shared by residents and businesses alike. We are all aware that something needs to be done.
“One of the consequences of the highest rates of employment in decades is that firms will find it more difficult to get the right staff. The rates of pay in the construction sector are increasing as we have more houses being built and more major engineering projects. There are great opportunities and significant earnings potential for those who opt to make their career in construction. My dad was a bricklayer and never faced as strong a demand for his skills as there is right now”