Rob Wilson MP welcomes Justice Minister and local business leaders to latest Portcullis Club event

On Friday 10th March, Rob Wilson MP welcomed local business people to his Portcullis Club in the Apex Plaza. The lunch time seminar was hosted by Barclays and offered a good opportunity for Reading East business people to share their views and give feedback to government.

Rob’s guest speaker for the event was Dr Phillip Lee MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Victims, Youth and Family Justice, who became the Member of Parliament for Bracknell at the General Election in 2010 and was appointed to his Ministerial role in July 2016.

Attendees enjoyed lunch whilst networking and were welcomed by Gary Chugg, Barclays Head of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) for Reading, before Rob introduced guest speaker, Dr Lee.

Dr Lee gave an overview of his ministerial responsibilities in the Ministry of Justice. He then addressed the challenges facing governments and businesses around the world; stressing that despite relative uncertainty, there are many economic opportunities for businesses across Berkshire.

A lively question and answer session followed with questions on Brexit, National Insurance Contributions, the tax system, local business rates, stamp duty and housing – eliciting detailed responses from both MPs.

Rob said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister to speak at my Portcullis Club.

“I started the Business Club to keep in touch with the views of the Reading East business community and help facilitate increased collaboration between employers and policy makers. The events always prove to be very constructive and the invaluable feedback obtained enables me to make sure the views of Reading businesses are heard at the highest level in Government.

“Successful businesses are essential to our future economic prosperity in Reading East, and I will continue to work with local entrepreneurs and business leaders to help build an economy that works for everyone.

“A crucial part of this is to ensure that job seekers have equal access to employment opportunities; that’s why later this month I will be hosting my first Disability Confident: Access to Work Job Fair, which will be aimed specifically at supporting job seekers with disabilities into employment.

“Employers interested in exhibiting jobs and training opportunities at the event should contact my office on 0118 375 9785."

Following the Portcullis Club, Gary Chugg, Barclays Head of SME for Reading, said, “Barclays is delighted to have hosted and welcomed members of the Portcullis Club to our offices at Apex Plaza in Reading. It provided the perfect platform to hear first-hand from local politicians, discuss some of the societal challenges and opportunities that lay ahead, while continuing to recognise the importance of the Thames Valley business community.”