All the trademarks of a successful town’: Minister’s verdict on Stony StratfordJun 10, 2014
Brandon Lewis, whose portfolio also includes town centres and markets, was taken on a tour of the historic market town by the Stony Stratford Business Association and Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart.
His visit was part of a nationwide tour to discover the local and national challenges High Streets are facing.
Mr Lewis met and chatted with local businesses, including optometrist Lesley Arkin before visiting Woodstock’s Bakery, cycle shop Twenty3C and The Stani Gallery.
He and Mr Stewart are pictured with gallery owner Susi Whittaker.
After his visit, Mr Lewis said: “Stony Stratford’s High Street has all the trademarks of a successful town. There are strong independent and specialist shops, a clean and attractive environment and a healthy local business association.
“I was very impressed by the owners we met; they have a really optimistic outlook. As a government we need to make sure we deal with the challenges High Streets face and make sure the UK economy keeps moving forward.”
Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “Both Stony Stratford Business Association and I took away some interesting information on government schemes and initiatives and from the Minister’s side he got to see how well the High Street is doing and what more could be done to help.”
“Over the past four years the UK economy has completely turned around. We are now seeing growth across the board from retail to manufacturing. It is important we stick to the long-term economic plan and assure the UK stays competitive.”