After nearly 10 years of working from The Avenue in Central Watford, moving offices last month was a big change. In a way I was sad to go, but I’m very pleased to join the thriving business community at Wenta in North Watford. As a former business owner myself, learning about all the small businesses based there has been absolutely fascinating.

For those that don’t know, Wenta is home to tech businesses, fitness classes, marketing companies, construction warehouses and many more. Some companies have been based there for over 30 years, and others are only just setting up shop or perhaps even thinking of expanding. As the MP, it’s my job to support them in any way I can, ensuring that they continue to employ people in Watford, making it an attractive place to live and work!

I’m really pleased to share the good news that unemployment in Watford has fallen this month, with more than 200 more people finding work since the beginning of this year. This means that just 2.6 per cent of people that can work are unemployed, which is lower than the national average.

Starting an apprenticeship is also an increasingly popular option for young people, and nearly 5,500 people have started an apprenticeship in the Watford area. An apprenticeship is a great way to earn a recognisable qualification, whilst also getting paid. I recently visited Twin Technology, where their new apprentice, Ryan, was getting on the on-the-job training for his future career in IT. This is fantastic way to get a head start.

  • Richard Harrington is Conservative MP for Watford