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This week I met with the new co-founders and members at Tribe Fitness in Flint. This new venture seeks to do more than provide health and fitness services for members, it is also key to helping people make new friends and bringing the community closer together.

Tribe Fitness, located on Church Street in the heart of Flint, was co-founded by Karen Turton and Ethan Brunt to ensure that people in the town and surrounding areas had a welcoming environment no matter what their fitness level or experience.

Tribe Fitness is open 7am-11am and 4pm-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. So, plenty of times that suit everyone. Read more “Tribe Fitness in Flint”

Today I met with representatives from the Great British High Street awards to discuss how Delyn towns could take part in this prestigious award.

Britain’s high streets are the heart of our local communities, and we all want them to be places everyone can enjoy and be proud of.

After a hugely inspiring 2018, in which our very own Holywell secured a highly commended award, The Great British High Street Awards are back, searching for the UK’s most dynamic high streets that not only bring local communities together, but pave the way for the high streets of tomorrow.

Run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (UK), and in partnership with Visa, the Awards aim to celebrate the amazing work that local businesses and individuals put into their communities. Read more “Great British High Street Award 2019”

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Last week I visited the new Screwfix store in Flint to meet new staff and welcome the business to the area.

Screwfix will open its new store on Thursday 14 February 2019 and will be offering 10% discount on opening.

Screwfix is the UK’s largest multi-channel retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware products. It was founded in 1979 as the Woodscrew Supply Company, the company was acquired in July 1999 by Kingfisher PLC, who also own B&Q, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Nationally, Screwfix employs 7,131 people (2017) and the new store in Flint has brought with it more jobs.

It is excellent to welcome a new retailer to Flint. It will provide our town with jobs and ensure that those who need access to top-quality tools and equipment will be able to use a local retailer. This can only be good news for our town’s economy.

Going forward I want to see us build upon this good news. When towns up and down the country are struggling we need to look at the success stories so that we can learn and adapt them for ourselves. We have seen in Holywell how its digital high street initiative is supporting local businesses and how Mold is working hard to attract tourists through its heritage.

Flint is a hub of history for North Wales, with talented and skilled people. Businesses would be hard pressed to find a better area to locate themselves in.

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Today,(Thursday 25 January 2018) I co-signed a letter to the Payment Systems Regulator, Hannah Nixon, with a number of other MPs to call for more to be done to protect free-to-cash ATMs. This is a cross-party letter designed to raise awareness of the loss of ATMs in our high streets and to warn about the threat of current ATMs transforming from free-to-cash to pay-to-cash.

This follows proposals put forward by the LINK Board, one of the largest ATM providers in the UK, that will see a 20 per cent reduction in the interchange fee, with the first five per cent reduction introduced this April. It has been warned that this will result in a significant reduction in the number of free-to-cash machines available in the UK and that once implemented, options to reverse the reduction are limited. These proposals are driven by a minority of organisations who want to reduce their own costs, to the detriment of constituents. Read more “Calling for action on ATMs”