It’s been another week being out and about locally. The good weather really shows Scunthorpe and the surrounding villages off well. So it was good to be able to show off to my Australian brother in law what a fantastic part of the world North Lincolnshire is. He is now a very strong Scunthorpe United fan after I took him to see our 5-0 victory over Gillingham. He now basks in the title Aussie Iron!!!
It was good to catch up with the local Federation of Small Businesses. They are concerned about the impact of leaving the EU on their members’ access to the single market and labour through freedom of movement. The conversation underlined for me how tricky the whole process of negotiating our withdrawal is going to be for the new Prime Minister.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust shared their concerns that environmental issues will drop down in priority as the government grapples with its more immediate problems. I met their Director at the fabulous Far Ings Nature Reserve in Barton. As we looked across the Humber on a very wet day we could still feel its grandeur. He brought me up to date with otters, bitterns, dragonflies and all manner of other things conservation. Back in Scunthorpe I visited a couple of interesting businesses.
Youth Engineering Scunthorpe has been established for a while now and does a great job of developing talent and growing the engineering labour force as well as being an efficient small business itself. PEP & CO have only been in Scunthorpe a year but reported that their shop in the parishes is doing extremely well. So, all in all, another very good week.