LEP Chairman Says Conservative Gains In Southwest Could Open Doors

LEP Chairman, Chris Pomfret

LEP Chairman, Chris Pomfret

Scilly’s business community is being constricted by the VAT threshold. But having Conservative MPs in seats across the region could make negotiations on business issues easier.

That’s the view of the Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership Chris Pomfret.

After meeting with some islands’ businesspeople last week, Chris says upcoming changes to business rate arrangements are causing concern because they could increase costs.

And the current £81,000 turnover level at which VAT kicks in means some Scilly businesses stop trading earlier than they’d like to each year.

Chris says the LEP is lobbying the government to change this.

Although the LEP doesn’t get involved in party politics, Chris says that the recent election in which the Conservatives won all the Cornish constituencies could make it easier to get in front of government.

He says the fact that “the whole of the southwest is blue” means it will be impossible for the government to ignore the region.

And he says “in the madness of the election” a lot of promises were made to this area by Tory politicians and the LEP intends to follow these up.

Again, there’s no official LEP line on what happens if the UK votes to leave the EU in the promised referendum, but Chris says the outcome could impact on millions of pounds of funding for Scilly and Cornwall.

He says we currently get €603m from the EU to drive our economy and “walking away from that would be a big decision.”

7 Responses to LEP Chairman Says Conservative Gains In Southwest Could Open Doors

  1. pete May 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    To those how voted for the blues. Now live with them.

  2. confused May 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Tom – I’m guessing that’s across the southwest, not just Scilly
    John – I’m guessing that’s across the southwest, not the whole UK

    • Van der Valk May 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Just guessing of course.

  3. Adam Morton, St.Martins May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    “millions of pounds” that we have no control over what its spent on! We have already seen the impact of a Conservative Southwest, no help with transport to the islands- just chuck a bit of money in PZ harbour!He is right about the VAT though. Cornwall has a small population and anything we produce needs to be taken to the customers or the customers brought to us-without adequate transport nearly all funding is ultimately pointless. No one I know of has yet heard of a single business that was consulted over Mr Pomfrets last statement!

  4. John Hicks May 21, 2015 at 9:43 am


    That is nothing at all compared to the 11 bllion pounds we send to the EU each year………..

  5. Tom Gordon May 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Is that really correct?
    Where does £275,000 per person go every year?

    • John Hicks May 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

      I expect that is for the whole of the southwest, i.e. Cornwall, Devon, Sommerset, Dorset, Gloucester and South Gloucester, so it is more likely to be £1.37 per person……..