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Mansfield business leaders speak of 'positivity' after first meeting with MP

1st August 2017
News, Mansfield

New Mansfield MP Ben Bradley has met with local business leaders to talk about his key priorities for the town and his passion to put the area on the map.

He accepted an invitation from the award-winning business development and business community group Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 to attend their July breakfast meeting.

Mr Bradley, who is the constituency's first ever Conservative MP, spoke to members about four key topics that he will be focussing on.

Firstly, investment within the town centre and development of Mansfield's business parks and enterprise zones to fill empty shops, create employment opportunities and routes to rewarding careers, and give reasons for visiting the town centre.

Another priority is infrastructure, in particular developing the Robin Hood railway line to improve transport issues surrounding Sherwood Forest area such as Ollerton and help improve employment opportunities.

Mr Bradley also voiced his support with the petition for improved infrastructure around Mansfield, Nottingham Road Leisure Park. More details about that petition can be found at: http://www.your-councillor.com/eakring-ward/petitions/.

He will also be looking closely at education and focusing on creating the skills for the jobs, giving young people work-ready skills and keeping them in Mansfield.

He said that listening to industry is important in order to find out what skills are needed to help businesses grow and build the bridge between businesses and education to link the skills demand and raise awareness amongst young people about the work-ready skills and the opportunities available to them in the area.

Mr Bradley also says it is time positive news about the town outweighed the negative mind-set group that have not moved forward.

That includes promoting reasons to come and visit and, above all, getting a hotel in Mansfield and promote the town's fantastic tourism industry.
 
Mansfield 2020 Operations Director Caroline Cox said: "There are two groups in Mansfield – those that are positive and helping to drive forward changes and improvements in the town which very much represents the 2020 business community.

"And those that have hit the pause button and refuse to see the vision for the future and use our strengths to move forward.

"2020 will work in partnership with Ben to help drive forward his four key areas.

"For over 25 years, 2020 has been the driving forces behind positive partnerships to simply makes things happen and feel confident with Ben representing Mansfield and putting the town at the forefront of investment.

"The future is positive- it’s time to get on board and be a part of the New Mansfield!"


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