Parliamentary Export Programme

16th January 2021

Would you like to learn about how you can grow your business by finding new international customers? Would you like to know what support is available to help you export? I am delighted to invite you to an online informative and interactive webinar for businesses in the local area.

Whether you have never exported before, exported in the past or are a current exporter seeking guidance, this webinar is for you.  ​

During this session, you will receive tailored updates from HMRC and the Department for International Trade on exporting after Brexit. You will hear from panellists including a local exporter, an International Trade Adviser and an Export Finance Manager on the guidance and tools available for you to grow your business internationally, taking advantage of the new trade agreements across the world. ​

Register here to join me for the first of a three-part series on exporting for businesses in the Cotswolds, as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme. Partnering with the Department for International Trade, I want to ensure businesses like yours in the Cotswolds access the support on offer and understand the opportunities for growth as the UK forges its way as an independent trading nation.  ​

Click here to register: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/parliamentary-export-programme ​

 

PUBLIC MEETING

THE COTSWOLDS
FLOOD RESILIENCE

An opportunity for residents of Bledington, South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade and Moreton-in-Marsh to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.  

PUBLIC MEETING

 Friday 5 March 2021
1030-1245

VIA ZOOM ONLY

Please email Bettertonj@parliament.uk if you wish to participate in the call and also include any questions or concerns you would like to have discussed.  I will then forward the Zoom invitation.

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Planning White Papers

I have submitted my responses to the two planning consultations: “Changes to the current planning system’ and “Planning for the future’.

These planning changes are one of the most significant events to affect the Cotswolds since WWII. I think that both papers contain positive proposals, in our case commitments to protect the AONB. The proposal to abolition Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should speed up the planning process and it is important that the money is retained locally so that the infrastructure can be built at the same time as the development. 

Too often we see a development being built long before the supporting infrastructure, which I know can cause significant issues for existing residents. The proposals to simplify and speed up local plan-making and retaining neighbourhood plans where possible are welcome, in that design codes can be specified so it should be possible to protect our unique Cotswolds vernacular.   

I spoke in the planning backbench business debate on the 8 October and called for a change to the algorithm the Government uses in its planning White Paper which fails to take account of local variations and concentrates all new house building in the south-east and central south of England. 

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