On Friday 18th January I spent time in my constituency meeting schools and businesses.
It was a pleasure to pay my first visit to Bowbrook House School, which offers outstanding education opportunities to children aged 3-16. The students I spoke to were intelligent and ambitious and the staff had a clear passion for education.
The retail sector is facing mounting challenges in the rise of online sales and technologically driven services so I was glad to meet staff at the new Waitrose in Evesham and attend the South Worcestershire Retail Seminar at Wychavon District Council. It was encouraging to hear how local leaders in this sector were ready to adapt to change and continue to provide quality products to Worcestershire consumers. One business that is well ahead of the technological curve is Areca Design, who I visited in Evesham. Mick Hurst and his team at Areca are at the cutting edge in providing technological solutions for clients. Last time I visited, for example, they showed me a new system for efficient and environmentally-friendly waste disposal. This time round, I saw some of their new AR projects and was amazed by the things they have been able to achieve.
It was heartening to step away from Westminster and Brexit and see the fantastic work being done by businesses, teachers and children in my constituency.