Excited about 999 show and new business project

Caroline Ansell at the opening of Kestrel House's Tech Resort SUS-150715-092323001
Caroline Ansell at the opening of Kestrel House's Tech Resort SUS-150715-092323001

Caroline Ansell

Again, it was another wonderful event on the Western Lawns last weekend with thousands of local people and visitors attending the event. This superb event is now in its 28th year, organised by Sussex Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service,

oastguards and the RNLI.

It was particularly poignant this year as July was the month of the pier fire last year, and there was much talk about that, and as we all know the speedy and co-ordinated response of the emergency services was one of the main reasons we were able to prevent the fire from being so much worse.

Tech resort opening:

I’m also really excited about the opening of the Tech Resort premises at Kestrel House last week. It was great to see the industrious Will Callaghan of Eastbourne Can, as well as the other directors, all of whom are volunteers, striving to get this superb project off the ground. I really appreciated a thorough discussion about where Tech Resort is heading in the future.

This superb initiative, teaching and encouraging anyone interested in tech, digital and the creative – as well as helping to secure Eastbourne as a place where these industries will play a major part in the years ahead.

The aim is to ensure more of our talented, creative people, entrepreneurs and others stay locally, build strong businesses in this area, and employ more people here. We have a superb quality of life compared to many other places, and we all want to see the town succeed as a centre for the tech and creative industries. I will do whatever I can to help this happen, and I thank all the directors, and everyone else who has made the tech resort initiative happen – it is a massive step forward for Eastbourne.

Gender Pay Gap:

I was pleased to see that there is to be a consultation on government plans to deal with the gender pay gap. Things have been getting better in recent years, but the gender pay gap still stands at 9.4 per cent, according to the Office of National Statistics. There are now more women-led businesses than ever before and women now make up at least 25 per cent of all FTSE 100 company boards – but there is more to do, and I think initiatives announced this week by the government are a great step forward.