Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy. One excellent example is JCL Glass based at Gatehouse in Aylesbury. Since it started in 2007, this family firm has grown from two to 25 staff, expanded its factory and made substantial investments in new, high-tech machinery. Manufacturing sealed glass window units for both domestic and commercial premises, it benefited from government support during the pandemic and expert advice via Buckinghamshire Business First. Visiting the business this afternoon, I was extremely impressed by the growth the company has already achieved and the ambitious plans the family has for its future.
I then saw a superb example of innovation by a local business when I went to start-up Greenleaf Surgical. It’s developed a biodegradable medical gown that could dramatically reduce the NHS’s carbon footprint if it passes trials. The manufacturing and recycling would all be based in the UK which would bring real benefits for the environment. I look forward to seeing the concept progress.
With more microbusinesses in Bucks than any other county in England, I am determined to do all I can to remove unnecessary barriers that get in the way of firms like these growing, improving their productivity, and creating more jobs for local people.