Get Witham Working was set up by Priti to showcase businesses, employment opportunities and jobs in Witham. The event, at Witham Public Hall, was enjoyed by all, with young and older people coming along to see the opportunities available to them. It also resulted in a local charity, the Witham Lions, securing funding from one of the local businesses in attendance.
Priti’s aims for the event were: to present local businesses and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to promote themselves, to ensure that local businesses are able to network effectively with each other and to present local people who are having difficulty in finding employment with the opportunity to engage with employers.
Businesses from a diverse range of sectors, including window makers, dental practitioners and bakers turned up, bringing stands, stalls and demonstrations of what they do. Almost all of these were small, local businesses, which is to be expected, given the fact that 83% of Witham’s jobs are in small business. Priti has recently been campaigning in Parliament for more assistance and fewer regulations to help assist our small businesses in the excellent work they do.
Stella English, the winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice was a special guest speaker at the event. She left school with no qualifications and went on, through her own determination and hard work, to become Head of Business Management on the trading floor of a Japanese investment bank. She is now taking on her own apprentice and was extremely generous with her time, offering to meet each of the businesses who had sent representatives.
Priti said: “Reducing the number of unemployed people is imperative to our country’s success and I was happy to take a proactive approach as the local Member of Parliament to show that Witham is open for business and to get Witham Working!”