During tough economic times we rely on the hard work & enterprise of our small businesses to grow this country out of recession. So, on becoming this area's MP, I was clear that we needed to do more to support our fantastic small businesses.
I came up with the idea of starting the 'Bridging the Gap' fund using the Governments Regional Growth Funding. Luckily I talked The News and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership into supporting the idea. Since then the fund has giving small businesses in the local area an opportunity to bid for £4M funding - supporting them to flourish & grow.