By WILLIAM TELFORD, Business Editor, Herald

The Conservative party in Plymouth has set up a new business forum to support the city’s MPs when they lobby ministers on future economic policies as Brexit looms.

The Mayflower Business Club’s launch was attended by 15 city business leaders at the Royal Western Yacht Club.

It is open to Plymouth firms interested in the future development of the city, said Oliver Colvile (below), Tory MP for Sutton and Devonport.


“It is important we have a strong business voice post-Brexit and our new business forum is looking to create dialogue across all sectors, including key employers, public and private sectors, working with the city MPs, ministers, and council bosses.”


Henry Hutchins (above), chief executive of Clever Student Lets, who attended the launch, said: “I think this new business group will add strategic value, and give the city a voice with influencers in Whitehall – and especially linking in with policy making decisions.”

Mr Hutchins, a vociferous pro-Brexit campaigner, added: “The launch of the Mayflower Business Club has come at a critical time for the city’s future, and will give confidence that our business and political leaders are speaking with one voice to decision makers at Westminster post-Brexit.”

The Tory Government has launched a review into workplace changes with a clear remit to examine the growth of self-employment opportunities.

Kevin Kelway (above), director of Plymouth’s Dorcas Media, said: “My business was set up more than three years ago and I believe the Government needs to do more to encourage entrepreneurship, and the benefits of setting up your own enterprise with less red tape, together with giving more rights for the self-employed.”

He added: “I like the informality and networking of this new forum and a major business initiative being led by Oliver Colvile.”

The new business forum will meet three times a year, produce regular newsletters, chart commitments, conduct surveys, with pre- and post-analysis of Budget statements and proposals, said Mr Colvile.

For more information contact: Judy Tottey, chair of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Conservative Association by email:


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