MP Tobias Ellwood quizzed by members of the Southbourne business community at event

Bournemouth Echo: IN CONVERSATION: Tobias Ellwood MP with business owners in Southbourne IN CONVERSATION: Tobias Ellwood MP with business owners in Southbourne

BUSINESS people had a chance to quiz their MP at an ‘in conversation’ event.

Southbourne on Sea Business Association (SoSBA) invited Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood to discuss a range of matters affecting their businesses.

He said: “I was delighted to discuss the budget with small Southbourne businesses.

“Lots of ideas and thoughts about how we can provide more support to SMEs, who are the workhorse of the UK economy”

Topics under discussion included extending the small business rate relief to all small businesses; the strategy for Bournemouth conurbation to raise its profile; alternative finance and initiatives for start-ups; the barrier presented by business rates policies for prospective high street businesses; auto-enrolment; licensing arrangements for the World Cup; and the Navitus Bay wind farm proposals.

Sam Acton, chairman of the association, said: “For two hours we were able to raise and discuss questions which are close to our hearts as business people and members of the Southbourne community. Tobias was able to learn from us and take away several action points. Similarly, he was able to provide us with direction and actions on key topics and most importantly share knowledge on projects and decisions in Westminster.”

David and Lynn Coleman, of DAL Strategy, said: “We were very pleased to participate in the first of these regular meetings arranged by SoSBA. The topics and discussion were clearly relevant to Southbourne businesses and it was great to see Mr Elwood’s passion for resolving local issues and hear his strategies for development in this area.”

Ray Woodill from Sunrise Senior Living of Southbourne said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for us to talk to our MP about the issues that are important in our quest for a vibrant Southbourne Business Community, one that our residents are proud of and visitors who contribute significantly to our local economy will be attracted to.”

High street trader Zelda De Hollander, of Studio Shotz, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to have an informal discussion with Tobias and the SoSBA management team about issues that affect us all, not just businesses but residents of Southbourne too.”

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12:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a
bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure!
Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure! muscliffman
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12:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

muscliffman wrote:
Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a

bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure!
Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure![/p][/quote]Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a


bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure!
Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics.
Partly true, but by individually upping their previously sedentary game ONLY and evidently because their is a new and very real threat (UKIP) to their previously secure position (MP or Councillor) will probably backfire - the voters are not entirely stupid!
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure![/p][/quote]Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics.[/p][/quote]Partly true, but by individually upping their previously sedentary game ONLY and evidently because their is a new and very real threat (UKIP) to their previously secure position (MP or Councillor) will probably backfire - the voters are not entirely stupid! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

5:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
boardsandphotos wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a



bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure!
Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics.
Partly true, but by individually upping their previously sedentary game ONLY and evidently because their is a new and very real threat (UKIP) to their previously secure position (MP or Councillor) will probably backfire - the voters are not entirely stupid!
I agree with you for once Muzzy old chap. This is the second time this week that Tobias has had his mugshot in the paper. He has been almost completely anonymous during his period in office from what I can see until now.

I disagree that UKIP are a real and credible threat of course, they are mostly a bunch of aged, closet racist, "I'm alright Jacks"...but they do seem to have provoked a response from our much beloved local MP's.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Is it my imagination or have our local Tory MP's lately been raising their public profiles at every opportunity, it seems that if you were to open a packet of crisps recently one of them would be there..............a bsolutely nothing to do with the rise and rise of UKIP I am sure![/p][/quote]Surely MP's upping their game by getting involved in local events and making themselves more available for people to put questions to then that is a good thing. If it takes for a new contender to encourage this then fine but it can only improve local politics.[/p][/quote]Partly true, but by individually upping their previously sedentary game ONLY and evidently because their is a new and very real threat (UKIP) to their previously secure position (MP or Councillor) will probably backfire - the voters are not entirely stupid![/p][/quote]I agree with you for once Muzzy old chap. This is the second time this week that Tobias has had his mugshot in the paper. He has been almost completely anonymous during his period in office from what I can see until now. I disagree that UKIP are a real and credible threat of course, they are mostly a bunch of aged, closet racist, "I'm alright Jacks"...but they do seem to have provoked a response from our much beloved local MP's. Baysider
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6:58pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ShuttleX says...

High street trader Zelda De Hollander, of Studio Shotz, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to have an informal discussion with Tobias and the SoSBA management team about issues that affect us all, not just businesses but residents of Southbourne too.”

According to their website, Studio Shotz are moving to Christchurch. So why did Ms De Hollander bother to turn up to an event aimed at Southbourne traders?
High street trader Zelda De Hollander, of Studio Shotz, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to have an informal discussion with Tobias and the SoSBA management team about issues that affect us all, not just businesses but residents of Southbourne too.” According to their website, Studio Shotz are moving to Christchurch. So why did Ms De Hollander bother to turn up to an event aimed at Southbourne traders? ShuttleX
  • Score: 3

10:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

lol quizzed by the Southbourne crew! Bet he was dreading it!
lol quizzed by the Southbourne crew! Bet he was dreading it! hooplaa
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