The event was attended by over eighty representatives of business and industry in the area, including manufacturers like TATA steel, Calsonic Kansei, Dividers Folding Partitions and Burns Pet Nutrition, distribution firms Owens Transport and Celtic Couriers, construction firms and a range of small businesses, including financial advisors, accountants, estate agents and retail.
Speaking after the meeting, Chuka Umunna MP said
“It is a real privilege of my job that I get to travel around the country to meet people working in so many of our great businesses. It was fantastic to meet businesses from across Carmarthenshire – along with some of Wales’ future entrepreneurs from Coleg Sir Gar. It was useful to hear from them about some of the key issues they are facing – from rising energy costs to accessing high-speed broadband, from bank lending to the need for better support for smaller businesses.
“Labour knows it’s time to back our businesses here in Carmarthenshire and all across Britain. That is why the next Labour government will freeze energy prices and cut the business rates for the owners of 1.5 million shops, pubs, workshops and start-ups.”
Closing the meeting, Nia Griffith MP said
“I would like to thank all those made time to attend and who have taken part in the informal as well as the formal discussions today, but in particular I want to thank our many local employers and businesses, including those who were unable to join us on this occasion, for the many hours they put in to bring employment to the area. We know the business and manufacturing world is fiercely competitive, and it is though the dedication and skill of local employers that jobs are created and secured here….jobs which are so vital to our local economy.”