Keir made the long train journey down to Falmouth for a visit highlighting a national story about tourism – including Labour’s call for greater support for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
The day began with Keir meeting staff and management at Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe in Falmouth. From there he met the co-founder of a stand up paddleboarding company, and then visited the team at RNLI Falmouth lifeboat station.
He was then taken on a guided walk through Falmouth with Richard Gates, Falmouth Town Manager and Richard Wilcox, manager of Falmouth Business Improvement District. Keir dropped in on local businesses, including meeting the owners of a restaurant who had fallen between the cracks and were receiving no government support. The day ended with a business roundtable in a local pub, with attendees including the head of Visit Cornwall, the Local Enterprise Partnership, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and a director from St. Austell brewery.
On the Thursday morning Keir visited Princess Yachts in Plymouth. Princess Yachts employs 3,000 people in Plymouth in high-skilled, unionised jobs; they also take on a number of apprentices each year. Keir was given a tour of the site and met with staff and union reps. Shots of this visit featured in the launch video for our jobs, jobs, jobs campaign.