|Posted by maria caulfield on February 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM|
This weekend I have been meeting with local business people across the constituency and from these visits it is clear that there is no strategic vision for business in Caerphilly from the Plaid led council. In one part of the constituency there is an excellent example in Tredomen Business Park which is helping small businesses start up and thrive with European funding and yet when I visit small shops in Caerphilly town centre they tell me that the massively high rents they are paying, which are higher than many shops in Cardiff, means they can not see themselves in business for more than a few months.
How come there is no joined up thinking here...small shops employ local peole too so why can't the excellent work in Tredomen be replicated and available to all small businesses? Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why the Welsh economy is struggling so much compared to the rest of the UK as both Plaid and Labour are failing to think strategically when it comes to the economy and instead go for quick headline grabbing wins.