Darren Briggs attended the Local Business Champions reception at 10 Downing Street last week. The gathering was a remarkable display of the diversity and vibrancy of our local economy, with each champion representing their unique contribution to our collective growth. It was a celebration not only of individual achievement, but of our shared commitment to fostering a robust and inclusive local business landscape.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, said:
“Local businesses are vital for our economy, our day-to-day lives and our communities. Creating jobs, supporting growth in a huge variety of sectors, their tireless hard work does not go unnoticed. As Chancellor, I see the contribution that local businesses make across the country to all our cities, towns and villages and this is something we can all be proud of. Not only do they bring immeasurable value to the economy, but they are also the heart and soul of so many of our communities.”
Darren Briggs, CEO of Ascona Group adds
“Drawing on my own experiences at Ascona Group, I echo Hunt's sentiments wholeheartedly. Since we embarked on our high-growth strategy in 2018, we've seen first-hand how a local business can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the community. Our mission was simple: to grow and upgrade our forecourts into world-class roadside retail destinations while investing in our people. Today, we are proud to have grown to 62 sites and counting, with a tremendous growth over the last three years. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team”