Nigel has this afternoon welcomed the news that economic growth reached a record high in May, posting the highest reading since data began in 2003, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s growth indicator survey. The survey of 726 respondents across the manufacturing, retail and service sectors registered record high growth in business activity, with a balance of +35%, up from +25% in April. However, Mr Evans stressed that efforts must be made to ensure that rural business is protected and incentivised.
Speaking this afternoon Mr Evans said, “It must be made easier and more attractive for business to start up and continue to grow in rural areas. This is particularly important as a growing rural business sector will attract young people to stay in rural areas and lay firm foundations for the future. It is clear that the Government’s long term economic plan is working and that the current course must be held to ensure that this positive trend continues and that the Ribble Valley can share in the proceeds of growth.”