Supporting Local Business

My Plan for Watford - Dean Russell MP

I have always been very supportive of local business and was proud to be asked to be a ‘Small Business Ambassador.' and subsequently a Small Business Minister in Government. It has been really interesting to meet a number of local businesses and to signpost them to schemes and grants which could further sustain and enhance their business. This was especially important during covid, and I was delighted to see many businesses using new, innovative ways of delivering services and engaging with customers and clients. Watford is home to a vast array of industries, and we have a plethora of small businesses as well as being home to the Head Office of companies such as Hilton and TJX Europe.

The night-time economy is particularly critical to Watford, which is why I launched a petition to safeguard Pryzm Nightclub. I wholeheartedly welcomed the news that a new 5-year lease has been agreed for 5 years so that future generations can continue to enjoy this iconic nightclub.

I have thoroughly enjoyed leading ‘Self Employment Roundtables’ in partnership with the local Job Centre Plus and have led mentoring sessions to help support and advise those starting their own business. Self-employed individuals are so important to our country and our economy. They take risks to be innovative and it is rarely a smooth or straight forward journey, and I commend them for taking such a leap of faith.

It has also been great to re-launch the annual Watford Jobs Fair to help those seeking employment enter the workforce, or to support those looking to upskill.


Meeting young entrepreneurs in Watford

As the former Small Business Minister, it is always a pleasure to meet young entrepreneurs. During recess, I was pleased to talk with Abid, who worked hard to open a new business serving our community 7 days a week with fresh products and services.

Watford Business Expo

The annual Watford Expo at the Hilton Hotel brought together business owners and managers from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Visit to Watford Workshop

Local MP Dean Russell was invited to spend the morning with Watford Workshop, a business and workplace that for nearly 60 years have provided employment, work experience and independent life skills training to adults with disabilities.

Visit to Wenzel's Head Office and Bakery

Local MP Dean Russell recently visited the Wenzel’s Head Office and Bakery based near Watford. Having been established in 1975, the bakers have since become a renowned favourite all over Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and North West London.