CHANCELLOR George Osborne is in Cornwall today and pledged to ensure that Cornwall has an infrastructure which will help businesses to grow and prosper.
Mr Osborne was visiting Teagle based at Blackwater near Truro to see how the farm machinery business has expanded and is now focusing on growing its export market.
The Chancellor, who was accompanied by Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice, said he was also looking to use his two-day visit to Cornwall to find out what help Cornwall needs to support businesses to grow and create new jobs.
He said: “I am here in Cornwall with George Eustice to see what we can do to secure jobs and investment in Cornwall.”
With Cornwall Council still in the dark about how much money it will be able to claim from the Government to help repair £21.4million of damage caused by the storms earlier this year Mr Osborne was quizzed on what help would be provided.
He said: “There is money available and Cornwall will be able to bid for that and we will make sure Cornwall gets its fair share.”
Mr Osborne was also asked whether the Prime Minister’s comment at the time of the storms that “money was no object” was still true.
He replied: “Yes, absolutely, that is true in terms of repair to damage.”
However he added that it was important that infrastructure is also looked at in a long-term perspective so that businesses can continue to grow in Cornwall.
Fred Teagle, chairman of Teagle, said it was “fantastic” to have Mr Osborne visit the firm and also open a new production facility at the company.
He said: “it is very rare to get to speak directly to a Cabinet minister, let alone the Chancellor so we are delighted that he has come here today.”
Mr Osborne was also set to visit Penzance, St Austell and Camelford today.