PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has praised a book which promotes businesses across Droitwich and even graced the corridors of the House of Commons.
The PM wrote to West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin after she hosted a function at Westminster on behalf of Wychavon District Council and their book ‘Grow in Wychavon’.
The book, which features stories of 52 businesses working across the district, was unveiled by Harriett at the celebration lunch.
MPs from the across the county and further afield including Worcestershire MPs Sir Peter Luff and Robin Walker attended the launch along with 30 of the businesses featured in the book.
Mrs Baldwin, with business representatives, handed over a goodie bag featuring a copy of the book, local produce and even a personalised football shirt for the Prime Minister.
In response, Mr Cameron thanked the West Worcestershire MP for the gifts and praised the efforts of Wychavon District Council.
In his letter, he wrote: “It is great to hear about how innovative businesses are succeeding in the West Worcestershire area.
“Small and medium sized businesses are key, especially in rural areas of the country, for our future prosperity and economic recovery.”
The Prime Minister also asked Harriett to discuss the event with him in more detail at their next meeting.
Mrs Baldwin said: “I was keen to make sure the Prime Minister got a copy of the book and also some of the lovely produce that was on offer during the event.
“More than 30 business took the time to come and visit Parliament and they got to talk to MPs about why Wychavon is a great place to do business.
“It was great to see so many people make the trip to Westminster and I hope that they found it a useful trip.”
Further flavour was added to the event when Evesham’s Gus The Asparagus Man served guests Toffee and Waffle together with Humbug ice cream – the political flavours were created by Droitwich’s Churchfield Ice Cream especially for the day and Mrs Baldwin took time out from the event to meet Fiona Roberts from the company.
Wychavon District Council has also persuaded the businesses involved to offer 20, year-long work placements for young people leaving school in 2014/15.
Visit www.growinwychavon.co.uk for more information.
The Growers United shirt presented to Harriett Baldwin MP by Makhan Singh Padda and Bal Padda from Vicarage Nurseries in Bretforton. (s)
Harriett Baldwin received this letter from Prime Minister David Cameron thanking her. (s)
MPs Harriett Baldwin, Sir Peter Luff and Robin Walker welcome Wychavon District Council dignitaries and businesses to Westminster. s