London 2012 could benefit Ripon says MP

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RIPON’S MP is encouraging businesses to make sure they benefit from the 2012 Olympic celebrations.

Julian Smith, who represents the Skipton and Ripon constituency, is inviting companies across the area to take part in the ‘Made By Britain’ campaign, which aims to celebrate British producers and products in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

“I see great examples of design and manufacturing every week in my constituency,” he said.

“And I want to encourage as many of those companies, or people who know those companies, to come forward with nominations.”

Over the coming months MPs are being invited to nominate companies and products from their areas that display the best of their local design and manufacturing.

Mr Smith said: “The Made by Britain project aims to demonstrate that we are still a highly inventive country that is very good at making things.

“The campaign is being promoted by the Business Department to get examples of great British design and innovation highlighted and show-cased.”

Now Mr Smith is asking businesses in his constituency to put forward one of their products as something that could be presented as Skipton and Ripon’s nomination to the campaign.

To suggest a product to be put forward to the ‘Made by Britain’ campaign fill in the online form at www.juliansmithmp.co.uk/madebybritain.

The MP has also spoken out about the need to make sure Ripon and the Dales do not miss out on the benefits the Olympics could bring.

With overseas visitors pouring into London for the Olympics, he said, it is crucial the tourist attractions of Ripon and surrounds do not get left behind.

“The main thing is to make sure that we are really promoting Yorkshire, Ripon and the Dales,” said Mr Smith.

“Although I am campaigning to make sure the whole of England is being promoted to visitors who come for the Olympics.”

Although much of the construction of the Olympic parks has already been completed, he added, there are still opportunities for local companies to benefit from preparations for the Games.

Mr Smith said he had enjoyed a very positive meeting with Ripon’s Chamber of Trade.

Local businessmen and women were invited to the event to chat with Mr Smith and raise any issues they think affected the area.

“We talked about a range of topics related to Ripon’s economic future, from credit for small businesses to rules and regulations,” he said.

“It was a very positive meeting, and I paid tribute to all of the businesses working in difficult economic circumstances.”