Cabinet Minister Hails Chester Business Hub

Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green, was in Chester Tuesday, visiting the university's Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC).

Launched by the university to support start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in the city, the RIC has become a hub for innovators across the local area.

The RIC contains 27 offices for high growth local businesses. The centre supports students, and others, in gaining the skills and developing the capacity to drive the city’s economy forward.

Work and Pensions Minister Damian Green had a tour of the university’s state-of-the-art business suite, which is part of the riverside campus, and met with the enterprenurs and small businesses who work out of the centre.

Speaking after the visit, Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, said:

"This is a fantastic centre, supporting businesses and helping to power the local economy. Chester has seen more than 800 new businesses start up since 2010, which are creating new jobs, giving more people the security of a regular pay packet for themselves and their families. That's good news.

“I know Will has run a business in this area, so he understands how important it is to lock in the economic progress we've made, and he will be a powerful voice in parliament to make sure Chester's economy can thrive."

Will Gallagher, Conservative Candidate for the City of Chester, said:

"Chester has so much potential, and there is more that we can do to get our city firing on all cylinders. Riverside is great example. Now is not the time to put it all at risk, and a vote for Labour here is a vote for Jeremy Corbyn and his failed economics of the past. That's too big a risk to take."