Nicola was pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to Oxfordshire this week, where they met with inspiring local businesswomen and took a tour of the Abingdon market.
First up was meeting the extraordinary women of TechPixies in Oxford, whose Founder Joy Foster and other pixies told them all about the three pillars of their social enterprise: upskilling mums and helping them return to work with affordable, face to face courses, in term time. Cllr Dr Suzanne Bartington, Conservative Candidate for Oxford East, also joined them to hear about Tech Pixies and ‘returnships’ on the day the PM announced proposals to extend workers’ rights including for parents and carers.
Nicola then took the Prime Minister on to a busy Abingdon Market to hear directly from local residents, shop owners and stall holders.
Nicola says: I loved meeting the wonderful women of TechPixies, who are doing such a brilliant job in upskilling women and raising awareness. Then at Abingdon Market we met locals, many of whom were old friends like Gary from Fabulous Flowers, Bill and Kim from Peachcroft Farm and, of course, Cathy, who made national news with her clear case, based on lived experience, for better care for those with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
This is what elections are all about, hearing directly from local residents about the issues that matter most to them.