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Positive forum held on economic growth

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has chaired the latest in a series of community engagement forums, focusing on economic growth and job creation.


Held at the Vale Hotel, just outside Cardiff, stakeholders discussed what’s needed to ensure sustained progress throughout south Wales – and across the country.


Attendees included members of the business community; from larger organisations - including Lafarge Tarmac, to smaller local businesses and membership organisations – including the Confederation of British Industry and the Federation of Small Businesses.


The potential for a Cardiff City Deal and access to finance for businesses were just two issues that dominated the agenda.


Friday’s event is the 15th community engagement forum organised by the Welsh Conservative Leader since 2011. Previous days have seen stakeholders discuss issues surrounding the NHS, tourism, the economy and rural affairs.


Another economic forum is scheduled to take place in Wrexham next Thursday (20th), ahead of an event focused on access to cancer treatments in Newport on August 28th.



Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:


“These forums are an excellent opportunity to engage with communities, listen to views, inform policy and discuss new and alternative ways forward in all walks of Welsh life.


“I thank all those who attended today’s event and it’s clear that there is still much work to do to ensure sustained economic growth and job creation in Wales.


“UK government plans for a Cardiff City Deal are a once in a lifetime opportunity for this region and I’m pleased to hear enthusiastic support for the huge potential on offer. Successful collaboration across UK and Welsh governments, councils and business, will create an unprecedented driver for innovation, enterprise and recruitment.


“Welsh Conservatives would scrap rates for all businesses valued up to 12 thousand pounds – and taper to 15 thousand – introduce a new arms-length body to promote Wales abroad and boost inward investment, and implement our plans for regional banking in Wales, improving access to business finance.


“This was a positive forum that discussed a number of issues affecting business and I look forward to working with all stakeholders and local groups as we move forward.”