Supporting Island Business

As the UK economy returns to growth, Andrew Turner is determined that the Island doesn’t miss out. Across the country it is acknowledged that future growth is driven mainly by successful and innovative small companies. There are many on the Island and we need to create the conditions to create more.The news in 2014 that we had made it on to the draft map for Assisted Area Status is extremely good news - it means that the Government can support companies to protect or create jobs.

Island Food & Drink

The Island has many high quality local producers of both food and drink - it is important to our tourism and a key sector of the Island's economy.  It is estimated that ninety pence out of every pound spent with local food and drink producers stays on the Island.  At every opportunity Andrew seeks ways to support our local producers and reduce ‘food miles’ with the aim of encouraging a thriving local economy.  Andrew has campaigned vigorously in support of local producers.

Our Natural Environment

Half of the Isle of Wight has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty and it is its varied and unique character that helps fuel the visitor economy.  We all have a duty to be vigilant to ensure inappropriate development, the siting of wind farm projects and poor quality buildings do not spoil what we have.  Not only for us, but future generations.