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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP meets Kenwood Managing Director Neal Jones at the firm's Havant Headquarters on New Lane. 

Welcome to my October newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my October 2017 residents' newsletter, my latest monthly update designed to give an overview about what I've been doing locally across the Havant constituency, and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours who may be interested: they can sign-up to receive it themselves by clicking this link!

Having worked in the constituency during the Summer and Party Conference Recesses, Parliament returns tomorrow and it will be a busy few months for me both in Havant and Westminster. 

My next big community event is the Havant Older Persons Information Fair, which is taking place this Friday (13 October) at the Hayling Island Community Centre from 10am to 2pm.

The Fair is not just for older people, and is open to everyone including their friends, family, neighbours and carers. The Fair features around 40 exhibitors who provide help, support or activities for older people – everything from public bodies to charities to community groups and clubs. Admission and parking are free.

For the first time local community group Dementia Friendly Hayling will also be running Dementia Friends training sessions at the event to help people spot the signs of dementia. These take place at 11am and 1pm. No booking is needed.

The Awards ceremony for my Havant Small Business Awards will also take place at the beginning of next month. A small number of free tickets are available to residents. Please get in touch with me by e-mail if you are interested in attending.
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster.
Please contact me to invite me to a community event, or to give me feedback on this newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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Since the last newsletter, Alan has: 

  • Hosted a meeting between Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke and local business leaders at Havant Rugby Club. 
  • Backed the Government’s new National Shipbuilding Strategy as a way of creating local jobs in the Havant area.
  • Teamed-up with community group Dementia Friendly Hayling to provide free Dementia Friends sessions at his Older Persons Information Fair. 
  • Toured the Kenwood factory in Havant, hearing about the firm's plans for expansion as they celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.
  • Cut the ribbon to open Colt International's new new factory in Havant. 
  • Attended a World Vision lunch in Havant, helping to raise money for disadvantage people in Africa organised by local resident Sue Tinney. 
  • Visited maritime business Wartsila, which supplied parts for the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier. 
  • Spoken at a conference in London on new technologies, and how they can improve public services and boost economic growth, including here in the Havant constituency. 


Jo Cox Commission
backs Alan's Older Persons' Fair

The Co-Chair of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has backed my Older Persons Information Fair, which takes place on Friday 13 October.

Seema Kennedy MP, who worked in Parliament with Jo Cox to tackle loneliness before her murder, said the former MP would have been “inspired” to see events such as the Havant Older Persons Fair take place.

The Commission is currently looking into ways to tackle loneliness and how it impacts people’s long term health.

Research shows that more than 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely. In addition 1.7% or 200,000 older people (65 and over) have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month. Some 360,000, or 3.1%, had not had such a conversation in over a week.

Supporting the Commission’s campaign, I'll be handing out #happytochat badges at my Older Persons Fair, which takes place from 10am to 2pm at the Hayling Island Community Centre. These encourage neighbours and complete strangers to share a conversation in the community to help tackle loneliness.


Cabinet Minister praises Havant's economy and low jobless rate

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has praised Havant’s low unemployment rates following a meeting I organised between the Cabinet Minister and local business leaders.

David Gauke also heard about plans for further economic growth in the area, including projects such as Dunsbury Hill Farm and Solent Retail Park which are already creating work for local people.

Since 2010 the number of residents claiming unemployment benefit in the constituency has halved, and remains well below the national average. Across the country the number of people in work is at the highest level since records began in 1971.

As well as updating the Minister on the local economic climate, members of the business community also had the chance to discuss a range of issues, including the Government’s plans for Brexit and the growth of our local economy.


Alan opens new Colt factory in Havant

Colt International, one of Havant's leading businesses, opened its new factory at Kenwood Business Park in September. 

I had the honour of cutting the ribbon and received a tour of the new plant, which has secured dozens of skilled local jobs. 

Colt is a great British manufacturing success story, which has been based here in Havant since 1963, with the firm celebrating one its most successful years.

The new factory is a strong vote of confidence in our local economy, which like Colt is creating new jobs for local people and giving more local people a bright, secure future.


Chance to attend Alan's Small Business Awards evening

Newsletter subscribers have the chance to apply for tickets to the prize giving ceremony of my Havant Small Business Awards 2017. 

I'm delighted that hundreds of you have been in touch to nominate your favourite local small businesses and I'd be delighted to see you on the night to celebrate the success of our local firms.  

The awards evening will take place at the beginning of next month, and will include a guest speech by Will Butler-Adams, the Managing Director of iconic British brand, Brompton Bikes. 

If you are interested in coming on the night then please reply to this email.

*Please note that due to capacity at the venue, we might not be able to approve all applications. The supply of tickets is limited. 


New shipbuilding policy can boost local jobs

A new National Shipbuilding Strategy, announced by the Government last month, will help to boost jobs in the Havant area.

The new plans, unveiled by the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, will see a transformation of the maritime industry and an increased role for SMEs around the country. 

The strategy for the new Type 31e frigate will duplicate the successful approach used during the construction of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. These were built using a modular system, with parts constructed all over the country before being assembled in a central location at the Rosyth dockyard on the Clyde.

The increased competition brought about by using this system allows SMEs to bid for smaller contracts. Havant-based businesses were heavily involved in the Queen Elizabeth project with Lockheed Martin building the new F35B joint strike fighter jets that are housed on the vessels, and engineers Long and Marshall based in New Lane were also involved in producing parts for the fighter jet runway.

In September, I had the chance to tour Wartsila (pictured), which crafted the diesel generators that power both aircraft carriers. There I heard first-hand the economic boost that Navy contracts are giving the local economy and how the Government's shipbuilding policy is creating jobs.


Speaking with Chancellor at Conference

During the Conservative Party Conference I spoke alongside the Chancellor Philip Hammond, focusing on how we can prepare the economy for the future.

The Chancellor focused his keynote speech on improving productivity, so we get better returns for our investment. That includes public money being spent on infrastructure and the launch of a new National Productivity Fund. 

Improving our productivity ensures that economic growth is felt across the whole country. As the Chancellor said during his speech, ensuring our regions grow “will help to close the gap in living standards and raise our national performance”.

To do this we need to embrace and invest in disruptive new technology that will help firms become more productive. 

I’m pleased to report that across the Havant constituency we are already seeing businesses looking to the future with money going into both equipment and staff.

Local firms I’ve visited such as Colt, Eaton, Apollo, and Straightpoint are taking bold steps by investing in new machinery and factories.

While it is great news that the Government is committing more public money to improve infrastructure, local businesses around the country should follow Havant’s lead by investing to improve productivity too.



Open day at QA Hospital

Queen Alexandra Hospital is hosting an open day for members of the public on Saturday 14 October. 

Residents will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the hospital, be able to meet staff and find out about careers. In addition the hospital will be fundraising for an interactive children’s floor.

The event takes place from 10.30am to 3pm. Free parking.

Applications open for Aviva Fund 

Applications are now open for this year's Aviva Community Fund.
The fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support.  Last year they had over 450 winners. 
Applications can be made until 12 noon on Tuesday 10 October by clicking here.  There will then be a chance to vote for your favourite projects, with winners announced in January. 

Future drop-in surgery details
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.

Friday 20 October - 4pm to 5.30pm - Tesco Extra, Solent Road, Havant

Thursday 23 November - 9am to 10.30am - Hayling Island Community Centre

Friday 15 December - 9am to 10.30am - Meridian Centre Havant (ground floor near the Sky stand)

Contact me

The best way to contact me is in writing via e-mail or post.

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

Westminster Parliamentary Office:
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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