David Cameron visited Portakabin’s Huntington headquarters today for a question and answer session with hundreds of the firm’s employees. Marketed as a ‘PM Direct’ session, The visit highlighted Yorkshire’s role in the national economic recovery.
Workplace-based question and answer sessions of this kind offer ordinary working people the opportunity to interact with the political elite, albeit in a forum which dictates that combative responses could tacitly endanger their job security through causing embarrassment to their employers.
If nothing else, the session represented an excellent PR opportunity for both Cameron and Portakabin alike, coinciding with the modular building manufacturer’s announcement of a European expansion, which will see new Portakabin centres established in Luxembourg and Toulouse, France. Emphasised through today’s visit, the glittering, Prime Ministerial seal of approval will bolster the Portakabin brand overseas at this time of expansion, whilst Cameron can lend credence to his argument that the UK economy is on the mend by highlighting the impressive case study of the growing York-based company.
Cameron stated, “The deficit is falling. Businesses have created 1.4 million new jobs in the private sector . And I’m here today to celebrate Yorkshire and Humber’s part in this recovery – in the past year businesses here have created more jobs than anywhere outside London.
“What’s more, in the past three years, this region has seen 110,000 new private sector jobs– enough to fill Elland Road almost three times over and Headingley cricket ground six times over.
“We are making progress – and I want to say an enormous thank you to everyone here who’s helped drive our country forward this far.”
David’s is becoming a familiar face in this neck of the woods – last month he attended his sister-in-law Lady Sheffield’s wedding ceremony at Sutton-on-the-Forest parish church.
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