My Diary Week Ending 20th May 2018.
It was brilliant to see Ash Taylor win the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Hull and Humber Chamber's Business Awards (see below). Taylor's Family Butchers - based in Ashby - were one of the first winners of my Small Business Saturday Awards so it was great to see them going from strength to strength. In an evening of razzmatazz celebrating local business other local winners included Walshe's Property & Letting Agency and Foster Environmental.
It was good to catch up with the University of Hull about the work they are doing supporting businesses across the area.
I had a very good meeting with British Telecom (BT) about how they are developing their business regionally and nationally. And I chaired a meeting about the importance of financial education. It is so important to equip people with the skills to make the best financial decisions for themselves. This is even more important as we move into an increasingly cashless world with even more flexibility in complex areas like pensions.
As usual I asked the International Trade Secretary what he was doing to ensure that the UK doesn't suffer from global steel dumping in the wake of the US threatening greater tariffs. Welcome news this morning suggests that China and the United States (US) are stepping back from a trade war but the questions still need to be asked! I also asked the Education Secretary if it's right that 16-18 year olds are funded so much worse than pre-16 or post-18. No satisfactory answer!
But the most moving thing that happened to me last week was meeting an amazing group of local women living with secondary breast cancer who meet every month at San Pietro Restaurant. Supported by Breast Cancer Care they were amazing people. They spoke of both the wonderful care they have had and where the system is found wanting. In terms of swifter communication, more agile mental health support and dealing with administrative monsters like Personal Independence Payments there is much more that needs to be done and their experience can help drive improvement. What came through strongly in listening to their individual stories is how important groups like this are. But people need to know about them and be signposted to them. So there are a number of issues to follow up with Scunthorpe General Hospital and the Clinical Commissioning Group.