Wells MP Tessa Munt joined over 40 members of the Somerset business community at a recent breakfast event held at Wells Golf Club, organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.
Delegates heard Tessa Munt MP speak about her political career to date and explain what her current role entails. She spoke about her strong relationship with Vince Cable, which provides her with an opportunity to take local business issues directly to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. She also asked those present about their experiences and issues, enquiring about the particular business challenges they are currently facing.
Tessa said, “Groups like the Somerset Chamber of Commerce do an amazing job arranging events like this, where business people can get together and share ideas and experiences. I always look forward to meeting local firms to discuss their successes and challenges. It is our local businesspeople and the staff they employ who are providing most of the new jobs locally and nationally. This is what is helping our economy to bounce back, which is in everyone’s interests. Listening to their experiences and ideas, and using them to inform my work in the Business Department is one of the most important and enjoyable parts of my job.”
The event was sponsored by Monahans, an independent chartered accountancy group. Monahans Glastonbury partner, Stephen Fry, said, “Monahans were delighted to sponsor an event with such a leading Somerset MP and for having the opportunity to discuss the topics of the day. It is important that Somerset businesses take advantage of such opportunities and it was good to see so many there.”
Since being elected in May 2010, Tessa Munt MP has been a member of the Education Select Committee and the Administration Committee. She has served on the Committees for both the Education and Energy Bills. She was also appointed as a junior party whip before being promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary to Vince Cable in March 2012. One of the first issues Tessa raised with Mr Cable was the unfair system of business rates which hampers our small businesses, and she is now in the early stages of drafting a Bill on this issue.
During the meeting, Tessa extended an invitation to Somerset business people interested in visiting Westminster as part of an organised group. If you would be interested in taking part in such a visit, please contact Jenn Chidley-Sanders at the Somerset Chamber of Commerce on 01823 444924 or email [email protected]