Economic growth and prosperity

The Isle of Wight is home to many unique industries, but we need more all-year round jobs to complement our tourism sector.

Bob is committed to securing the sustainable growth of the Island's economy – and the opportunities for local people – by working to attract inward investment, apprenticeship training and the growth of existing businesses.

As the Island's MP, he would work with the private sector (along the IW Council's Regeneration Team) to promote the Isle of Wight as a good place to do business.

Bob said: "The Island is fortunate to have a diverse range of specialist industries which provide employment for local people. But unemployment is still too high - especially in the winter.

"I believe that the Island's MP must be a relentless ambassador for the Island, especially when in Westminster, to attract inward investment and business growth. In that role, I will also press government to ensure that the regulatory burden on businesses is reduced, particularly as we leave the European Union.

"I would be pleased to hear from local businesses what they think could be done to enable them to flourish.

"With plans by the Labour Party to hike corporation and other taxes, we must continue to demonstrate that the Conservatives are on the side of entrepreneurs - particularly here on the Island which has a proud history of invention."