Derbyshire businesses speak of 'need to regenerate our high streets'

The meeting took place in Eckington.
The meeting took place in Eckington.

North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley welcomed a Government minister to the area last week to meet with local businesses.

Around 25 businesses had a roundtable discussion with Conservatives Mr Rowley and Andrew Griffiths, the minister for small business, consumers an corporate responsibility.

The event, which took place in Eckington, saw businesses asking the minister about business rates, skills and training, among other topics.

Mr Rowley said: "This is another example of where we are speaking up for North East Derbyshire and ensuring our voice is heard by Government.

"Local businesses from across our area had the opportunity to speak with the minister about some of the challenges they face in their industries and discuss how we can help boost local business.

"Businesses from Clay Cross, Dronfield and Eckington spoke of the need to regenerate our high streets and ensure we create even more jobs in our part of the world.

"I will continue to meet with local businesses regularly to ensure that Westminster is listening to their concerns and acting in the best interests of North East Derbyshire."