Pateley Bridge butchers feature in political broadcast

Andrew Weatherhead and MP Julian Smith in H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge. (S)
Andrew Weatherhead and MP Julian Smith in H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers in Pateley Bridge. (S)

H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers featured on a Conservative Party political broadcast on small businesses last week.

The Pateley Bridge company was nominated by MP for Ripon and Skipton Julian Smith to be one of five included in the broadcast focusing on government policies to promote small businesses.

After winning the Yorkshire Countryside Alliance for butchers, Mr Smith said they were an example of a successful North Yorkshire business.

Andrew Weatherhead said: “Julian phoned up one day and said the cameras would be coming to film us for the broadcast, and you can’t turn something like that down.

“It is in the government’s interest to support small businesses, because if they expand and take on more people it is good for the economy getting back on its feet.

“It is good for Yorkshire too, which seems to be doing well.”

Mr Smith agreed that Yorkshire is an area of importance to the government.

He said: “I want to make sure we get Yorkshire businesses on our national radar, and I want these businesses and the men and women who run them to get as much publicity as possible.

“Nearly half of the businesses featured in the broadcast were from the north, and that is a tribute to the fact that northern businesses are a focus in Parliament.

“Yorkshire is one of the biggest areas outside London increasing private sector jobs, and it is really leading the way.

“We have very effective policies helping these businesses, which is something we will continue to do.”

As the Conservative Party’s small business ambassador for Yorkshire, Mr Smith takes feedback from his constituents to Parliament.

“I have been very keen to see the views of small businesses put across and the government has shown how they have got small businesses in mind,” he said.

“I have visited Weatherhead Butchers and seen for myself the hard work and dedication of the owners and their staff to grow their business despite the challenging economic times we have faced.

“They are hugely successful and they have a great team in Pateley Bridge, and I was delighted to see that businesses included in the broadcast were from Yorkshire.”