Local independent shops play a vital role in our communities in Suffolk, providing essential services, particularly for frail elderly residents, while also bringing people together. Last week, Dan was delighted to open the new Somersham Community and District Shop, which will be located at the heart of the village, and comes after residents rallied to help secure over £115,000 of funding to re-instate a new village shop.
Villagers in Somersham have been without a shop since the previous one closed in 2007. Following its closure, residents got together and formed the Somersham and District Community Shop Community Interest Company (SOMSHOP), which has helped to pull in vital funding from a range of sources, including the Big Lottery Fund, Suffolk county Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council. Dan is pleased that residents in Somersham will again be able to use and support their own local shop, and would like to thank all of the villagers who have worked so hard over recent years to make this project become a reality.
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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...
Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.