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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian hosts Cabinet Minister at Pavers Poppleton HQ as expansion gets underway

January 29, 2019

Last Friday, Julian visited the headquarters of York-based shoe retailer Pavers with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss.

The Chief Secretary, deputy to Chancellor Philip Hammond, was there to view first-hand the progress of a £10 million investment in the site, with a 4400 square metre extension to the firm’s distribution depot. Upon completion in early 2020, this will allow the company to double in size and create 50-100 new jobs in the city. The family business has expanded steadily over five decades, and already runs over 100 shoe shops and a TV shopping channel from its Upper Poppleton site.

After showing the Chief Secretary around the site Managing Director Stuart Paver commented “we were delighted to receive Liz Truss and Julian at our offices on Friday and to outline Pavers’ plans for the expansion of our head office site here in York.”

After visiting Poppleton at the end of a tour of the wider region, Liz Truss said:

It was great to visit Yorkshire to meet local businesses and to talk to young people about the future of the UK beyond Brexit. In the past year, this region has seen one of the fastest rises in employment in the UK. It is good to hear first-hand what the government can do to harness this potential, expand opportunities and generate the growth that is so vital for rising wages and living standards.”

After hosting the Chief Secretary, Julian said:

“It was good to be able to show the Chief Secretary around this expanding local business and for her to hear directly from them as to what they need from Government in order to carry on generating prosperity and jobs.

New investment like this is exactly what our city needs if we are to deliver higher productivity and the increases in wages and opportunities that result. Through their expansion Pavers are really putting York on the map as a dynamic place to do business. I hope Liz Truss has taken back to London a more acute awareness of the needs of York and North Yorkshire businesses, which can inform future government policy at this important time.”