Promoting businesses and protecting jobs

We are home to many innovative businesses in high-growth sectors such as technology, telecoms and life sciences. We are ideally placed for the raft of investment and opportunities which the Government has announced for science, technology and defence. I will:

  • Hold regular meetings with Ministers and local businesses to ensure their priorities influence Government policy, especially in the new Science, Innovation and Technology Department;
  • Increase business investment, working in conjunction with local business leaders and central Government to maximise opportunities in key growth areas;
  • Hold annual jobs fairs to boost employment and apprenticeships;
  • Champion job opportunities for women. Whilst chair of the Women & Work Parliamentary Group, I consistently lobbied Government for a Women’s Employment Taskforce and strategy to support women’s employment in the recovery, particularly in areas where they have been historically underrepresented, such as science and technology.

I have also successfully campaigned for a new Code of Practice to impose financial penalties if employers seek to exploit workers through the use of ‘fire and rehire’ tactics and I have consistently campaigned for the protection and enhancement of workers' rights.


Laura welcomes the Prime Minister to Xtrac in Thatcham

Today Laura welcomed the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to Xtrac in Thatcham. Speaking about the visit, Laura said:

"Xtrac is a great West Berkshire success story that has grown exponentially in recent years.

Newbury Weekly News: Economy

Did you detect it? A flash of blue sky, a hint of warmth and now the first green buds – tightly closed but clearly visible – on trees and shrubs.

Laura visits Codelocks

On Friday, Laura visited Codelocks, a global lock manufacturing business with its UK headquarters in Newbury.

Laura meets with Lambourn Trainers

On Friday Laura held a meeting with Lambourn Trainers to discuss the future of the racing sector and gambling reforms.

Success for Buy British Campaign

Following a campaign that Laura supported, Morrison's has launched ‘Buy British’ section on their website.

Laura hosts Cost of Living Fair

Last Friday, Laura hosted a Cost of Living Fair to provide constituents with advice and support with living costs this Winter.

Laura visits The Retreat at Elcot Park

This week Laura visited The Retreat at Elcot Park. The Retreat opened in Summer 2022 and employs around 150 people locally. It has been named as Britain's Best Hotel by The Times and the Sunday Times, topping their list of the Top 100 Places to Stay in the UK.