Andrea and Business
Andrea was brought up with an entrepreneurial background. Her Dad was a lorry driver who went on to set up his own transport company. Having also being self-employed herself, Andrea understands both the joys and challenges that businesses face.
Since becoming the prospective parliamentary candidate for Morley and Outwood in April 2013 Andrea has visited, and spoken to, many businesses in the area. They have raised many issues of concern about the impact of the actions of the local council and central government and its agencies. It clear that too often they feel powerless to get anything done and frustrated that no-one is listening to them.
To help do something about this is why Andrea established MOBA.
Morley & Outwood Business Association
Since being formed in February 2014 by Andrea, the Morley and Outwood Business Association has provided a voice for local business people to make their views known to local and national politicians.
In a series of meetings with Government Ministers including the then Housing Minister (Kris Hopkins MP), the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Nicky Morgan MP), Timothy Kirkhope MEP and the Leader of the House (William Hague MP), business people have had the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues of concern.
MOBA was also heavily involved with the first Jobs and Skills Fair organised by Andrea in October 2014. This was attended by 30 businesses who took stalls seeking to recruit people, workshops were provided on areas such as CV Writing and over 300 people attended.
"Politicians often make the right noises about recognising the importance of businesses in creating wealth and jobs, but all too often then demonstrate that they have no real understanding of what they are talking about.
"I have spent over 15 years in management in the private sector including a time running my own business and I hope that I will not make that mistake."
'On the Shop Floor'
Since her election in 2015 Andrea has regularly visited businesses in the local area as a part of her 'On the Shop Floor' campaign.
Her visits allow her to see first-hand the fantastic work businesses do for the local economy, yet she is also able to learn about the challenges they face and how she can help to overcome them.
If you would like to read more about Andrea's 'On the Shop Floor', please read the the entries under the 'Columns' tab.
'Towns of the Future'
To support the high street, Andrea launched her high street campaign, Towns of the Future, at the beginning of 2019.
Working with residents Andrea aims to support existing local shops whilst also preparing the high street for the future. As shopping changes we must help our high street evolve into the towns of the future.
The Towns of the Future campaign has 5 key priorities, including lowering business rates. You can see more detail on this campaign here, including a petition to help support existing businesses with lower rates.