Prime Minister David Cameron has visited the North East to boost job creation in the private sector.
Mr Cameron said he was here “with one purpose - to do everything I can to help businesses in the North East create the jobs and growth on which the future of our economy depends.”
During the day he visited a number of start-up businesses as well as an education science lab. The PM also took questions from the public in a PA Direct at Greggs in Newcastle.
Writing in Newcastle’s Journal newspaper, Mr Cameron said that as well as balancing the public finances, the Government must support job creation.
The PM wrote:
Balancing the books is only the first test for growth. The second - and just as important - is whether we get behind British businesses and support the job creation we need.
These jobs won’t come from government. They will come from cutting edge businesses, like the high technology companies I’m meeting here in the North East today.
Earlier this week, Mr Cameron met business leaders at Number 10, where leaders of some of Britain’s biggest firms came to discuss their plans to create thousands of new jobs.
The Prime Minister now wants small and medium-sized firms to do the same and he said cutting corporation tax and preventing businesses being caught up in red tape would help.
This Government is the most pro-growth in living memory and has one purpose and one goal: creating jobs and growth.
Speeches and Transcripts: PM Direct in Newcastle
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