Rugby’s Member of Parliament, Mark Pawsey, invited members of the local business community to his office for a Brexit Business Seminar as the United Kingdom begins the process of leaving the European Union.
Mark was joined by his Conservative colleague and West Midlands Member of the European Parliament, Anthea McIntyre. Representatives from the Rugby business community included Glyn Pashley, the franchisee of a number of local McDonald’s restaurants, Laurie Bird of the Rugby Credit Union and Adam Shutter of Exact Logistics.
“As Rugby’s Member of Parliament it’s vital to engage with the business community as we prepare to leave the European Union. I know from my experience running a small business in the town before I entered Parliament the challenges that business owners face.”
“I was very pleased to be able to welcome businesses from across Rugby and learn more about their views and their concerns as we prepare to leave the European Union. The discussions were very positive, with many of those present saying that they felt that the country is in a good position to take advantage of the new opportunities of trade with both the EU, but also other markets around the world.”
“Anthea was also able to provide a unique insight into the current climate thanks to her role as an MEP and know that all of us were grateful for her contributions. Our role now as elected representatives will to be to continue to make the case for the best possible deal with Europe not just for our businesses, but for all local residents.”
Anthea McIntyre, Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, added:
“I was very happy to be able to accept Mark’s invitation to come and hear from a diverse range of businesses in Rugby as we begin the negotiations to leave the European Union. I was struck by the great sense of confidence and optimism that those present had. We discussed a variety of different topics and it was clear that businesses in Rugby are looking to the future.”