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 Essential Healthcare Solutions

Just visited Essential Healthcare Solutions with AFP Digital to hear more about their great hand sanitising product.

It's automatic, checks your temperature, and could help businesses reopen safely!

Andrea Meets With White Rose Managers

Productive meeting with the White Rose team to hear about the work they've done to keep people safe whilst they shop.

I am pleased to see footfall is returning well & two new retailers have opened up!

Andrea Welcomes Government £750,000 investment for Morley

I welcome this Government accelerated investment for shovel ready projects in Morley!

I know that £750,000 will go a long way towards helping to regenerate our local area & drive forward our economic recovery as we bounce back from the impact of Coronavirus

Andrea Asks PM To Support the High Street

During the Prime Minister's statement on COVID19, I took this opportunity to ask the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, how to support the High Street and businesses across Morley & Outwood that would face challenges with more restrictions.

Andrea Welcomes Support for Local Cafes

An amazing 60,000 meals were discounted in Morley & Outwood from 67 registered establishments!

Great to see residents supporting our amazing local cafes & restaurants in a COVID secure way.

Andrea Welcomes Government's Kickstart Scheme

Today in Parliament I welcomed the Government's new £2 billion Kickstart scheme, this is an important scheme that will help to uphold social mobility in the aftermath of the COVID recession by helping young people into work by creating hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young

Andrea Visits TOPs Fitness in Outwood

Fantastic to visit Tops Fitness and Rehabilitation in Outwood again today to see how they've adapted

Great to see a one way system, increased waiting space, and hygiene stations are helping TOPs to run all their usual services for local people

Andrea Visits Local Livery Stables

Met today with industry experts to discuss the challenges facing livery stables across the UK and here in East Ardsley. Pleased to see high animal welfare standards upheld here!