Google's Digital Garage visited Tunbridge Wells to offer free advice and coaching on digital skills to local businesses.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and it's really important that they are given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to thrive – these days that means digital marketing. It's great that Google is offering these free workshops which I am sure will give a welcome hand to local businesses."
Greg was delighted to show off the delights of Tunbridge Wells to the judges of the Great British High Street Awards during their visit to the town.
Tunbridge Wells is one of the 38 shortlisted finalists, out of 237 applications, for this award which aims to celebrate the best high streets across the nation.
"Now that they've had the opportunity to look round the town, I'm sure the judges will agree that Tunbridge Wells is a great destination for people who want to shop and dine out.
"But it's not just the judges who will decide. Everyone can get involved by voting for their favourite high street. To support Tunbridge Wells, simply post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MYHIGHSTREET and #GBHSTUNBRIDGEWELLS."
Greg has written to Kent County Council's Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee asking it to use its powers to investigate serious problems with the Children & Young People's Mental Health Service.
"Six years ago I raised alarm bells about young people having to wait an unacceptably long time to get the treatment they needed for mental health difficulties and the distressing impact this was having on families. Since then, two different NHS Trusts have been appointed to run this service and still there are problems. Now the information that we are being provided on waiting times is so poor that we can't assess whether the service is running well or not. We need to have the confidence and visibility that things are improving which is why I have asked this powerful health committee to question how this situation has arisen and to require the necessary information to be provided."
Greg had a tour of Skinners' Kent Primary School, meeting staff and pupils, ahead of meeting its Executive Headteacher, Sian Carr.
Greg heard about the life-changing work that West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service does during a visit to their new centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Greg met with local businesses to discuss the experience of self-employment at a roundtable event organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Greg has called for High Brooms station to be made step-free, after the Government announced up to £300 million of funding for the 'Access to All' programme – which pays for access improvements at stations. Following successfully lobbying for improvements at Paddock Wood, in 2015 Greg opened the station's new lifts which were delivered under the scheme. With the announcement of additional funding, both rail operator Southeastern and Network Rail are consulting on which stations should benefit.
"For the last three years High Brooms has been the second busiest station in the constituency, and has seen passenger numbers increase by over 50% over the last decade – substantially more than any other nearby station. High Brooms is increasingly popular with commuters, and with the amount of development going on nearby the numbers using the station are only going to increase. It is also the nearest and by far the most convenient station for access to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
"Therefore, I have written to Southeastern's Chief Executive, David Statham, urging him to make High Brooms a priority in their submission. I will also press the case for High Brooms with both Network Rail and the Department for Transport, and I would encourage constituents to have their say on this as well."
Southeastern & Network Rail Consultations
Greg was interested to hear about a number of new projects that the Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service (DAVSS) has underway during a visit to meet the charity's new Chief Executive, Henu Cummins.
"DAVSS does important work in our community. It was great to hear about some of their recent initiatives like the work they are doing with GPs and other health professionals to help them spot early signs of domestic abuse; and providing longer-term peer support to survivors of domestic abuse.
"During my visit, we also talked about the importance of promoting the service to men as well as women."
DAVSS supports men and women experiencing domestic abuse across West Kent using volunteers who DAVSS professionally train. Volunteers answer calls to the DAVSS Helpline (01892 570538), meet clients face to face to understand what support may be required, advise on how to stay safe, support clients to court if required and stay in contact to help them rebuild their life, their feeling of self-worth and their confidence.
DAVSS is always looking for new volunteers; men and women to join the team. Email: email@example.com or call: 01892 502074.
Greg met Suzi Mitchell, Chief Executive and Founder of the charity Taylor Made Dreams, which has been chosen as the Local Charity of the Year at Sainsbury's store in Tunbridge Wells.
Taylor Made Dreams works to enable children with life-limiting illnesses to help them draw up and fulfil a 'bucket list' of experiences they want to have in the remaining time they have.
Last Friday Greg visited local motorsport firms, Jota Sport and Jota Advanced Engineering. Since being founded just eighteen years ago, Jota has already earned an enviable reputation, becoming internationally respected on the racing circuit.
"Jota's breadth and depth of engineering expertise, racing experience and passion is extremely impressive. From a few small units, employing local people, Jota works on some of the very best British innovation and exports it worldwide. Their success on the podium is well deserved."
Google's Digital Garage visited Tunbridge Wells to offer free advice and coaching on digital skills...
Greg was delighted to show off the delights of Tunbridge Wells to the judges of the Great British...
Greg has written to Kent County Council's Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee asking it to use its...
Greg had a tour of Skinners' Kent Primary School, meeting staff and pupils, ahead of meeting its...