Supporting Local Business

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.

Andrea said:

"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. 


Andrea Visits Carr Gate Garden Centre

Great to visit Carr Gate garden centre again today & catch up with the fantastic team here. Good to know they've been busy despite restrictions. The cafe here is now fully open and I'm pleased that the Sunday and Wednesday roasts are available - well worth a try!

Andrea Sends Best Wishes to Hospitality Trade

Best wishes to all the local pubs, restaurants & other hospitality venues across Morley & Outwood opening indoors ahead of a busy evening.

I know many venues in our area are fully booked, and it is great to see people are supporting local businesses! Remember to enjoy safely!

Andrea Visits Hare & Hounds

This weekend I enjoyed some fantastic food at the Hare & Hounds in Tingley, great to see so many people enjoying themselves safely!

Andrea Visits East Ardsley Conservative Club

Our local hospitality venues have worked hard to ensure we are all safe. I visited East Ardsley Conservative Club to see the steps they've taken - lets all support our fantastic local pubs and clubs!

Andrea Holds Zoom Debt & Financial Advice Round Table

Today I held a round table event on the subject of debt management, money skills, and financial advice with a wide range of stakeholders including local DWP teams, Citizens Advice leaders, and money management charities such as 'Turn2Us' and 'The Money Charity'. 

Andrea Visits White Rose Centre

Visited White Rose Shopping Centre as the shops have re-opened!

Despite a tough year, it's great to hear from the White Rose Management team about the new stores & cafes opening in the centre, the upgrades to existing stores, and to see the Paddington Trail!

Andrea Visits Boomerang Deli in Morley

Great to see shops re-opening again on our High Streets, some fantastic festive displays!

Popped into Boomerang Deli in Morley to get a takeaway snack. Great vegetarian options for me, and lots of tempting treats!