Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Right Hon Theresa Villiers MP visited potato producer Greenvale, in Duns, with local MSP John Lamont this week.
As part of a visit to the Scottish Borders, the Secretary of State toured fresh potato and seed potato producer Greenvale, a Borders based company which employs up to 1,500 people across 9 UK sites.
The visit was an opportunity to discuss what further steps the UK Government can take to support local businesses.
John Lamont MSP said: “I was very pleased to be able to welcome Theresa Villiers MP to Berwickshire and to pay a visit to Greenvale. This company is one of many which highlight the fantastic produce we get here in the Borders.
“They are also a key provider of much needed apprenticeships, which are key to a skilled and motivated workforce. That is why I support Scottish Conservative plans to create 10,000 new apprenticeships a year in the next Parliament.
“Theresa is a good friend of the Borders and has visited a number of times. It is always really helpful to have a UK Government Minister visit and see for themselves the positives and challenges businesses face here.”
Following the visit, Theresa Villiers MP said: “It was a pleasure to pay a visit to such a successful Berwickshire business. It is firms like this which provide growth and local jobs which is why the UK Government is backing small businesses across the United Kingdom by cutting business and jobs taxes. I enjoyed seeing the work that goes on in Greenvale and listening to what more the UK Government can do to support the Borders economy.”
Procurement Director at Greenvale, Douglas Bell said: “It was great to have Theresa Villiers MP visit Berwickshire and to show her around the Greenvale factory with local MSP John Lamont. It was an opportunity to discuss how the UK Government can further help local businesses and local jobs.
“Keeping businesses taxes as low as possible and investment in transport links and broadband are really important to Greenvale and it was useful to be able to stress this with a UK Government Minister.”