Helping our high streets and local businesses

I am campaigning for:

- a less burdensome system for business rates to ensure high streets can compete with online retailers.

- the retention of key local services to keep our high streets busy.

- the linking of our local Jobcentre to key local employers and skills providers.


Budget Speech

Julia Lopez Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster  3:31 pm, 30th October 2018

The future of high-end manufacturing at Ford Dagenham

This afternoon my team and I visited Ford Dagenham to see their plant, meet the people working on the factory floor and discuss diesel, the future of autonomous vehicles, high tech manufacturing and Brexit.

Visiting local manufacturer, Harrison Wipes

This morning the team and I visited Harrison Wipes, a manufacturing business on Harold Hill that has been a family-run operation since 1891 when Saul Harrison founded the company in Great Yarmouth.

Visiting Upminster's Uniserve

Today the team and I visited Uniserve, the UK's number one independent logistics and global trade management provider.

Local homes built by local people

During the next ten years Havering Council is planning to build around 3,500 new homes for local people at affordable rents, low-cost home ownership and private sale, in one of the most ambitious local authority home building programmes in the country.

Harold Wood firm helps International Trade Committee

Not long after I was elected, I was invited to visit food import business, Anzco, at their Harold Wood office to discuss Brexit and trade policy. Anzco exports high quality New Zealand beef and lamb into the UK and employs over 3000 staff worldwide. 

Skilling-up at the STC Group

This morning the team and I visited the STC Group's Harold Wood training centre to hear how they are training the local workforce in construction, decorating and tiling for upcoming housing projects. 

Global exports up at Silverhook

This morning the team and I visited Harold Wood manufacturer, Silverhook, after receiving an invitation by dynamic Chief Executive, John Iszatt, to discuss exporting.