Cabinet Minister Francis Maude talks of Northern powerhouse

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A senior member of the cabinet has been speaking to a group of local business leaders in Morley about plans to create a Northern Powerhouse and continue to improve the economy.

Conservative MP and Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude was speaking at a meeting of the Morley and Outwood Business Association (MOBA) organised by Andrea Jenkyns.

Mr Maude took questions from association members, while Ms Jenkyns launched her online business and skills survey to find out what specific skills local employers are looking for.

The meeting took place at Morley firm Archbold Logisitics and Shopbox, a start-up business run by Stuart Archbold providing storage and Logisitics solutions for supermarket deliveries.

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Jenkyns said:

“I was delighted Francis Maude was able to speak to businesses from the area and tell them how the Conservatives long-term economic plan can work for them now and in the future.

“I was also pleased to be able to launch my online survey after speaking to many local businesses, teachers and students. “I want to help young people in the Morley and Outwood area leaving schools, colleges, apprenticeships, and university have the best chance of getting a job locally, and so that local businesses can find the skills and expertise they need.

“Employment is up locally, and thousands of young people in Morley and Outwood are taking up apprenticeships. By taking this survey, businesses are helping young people in our community to get the best start in life.

“It’s available on my website and I’ll be emailing it out to as many local firms as I can.”