Diary - new investment on Portland

An hour in the office and then to Weymouth and the local newspaper to help judge the annual business awards. The Editor, Diarmuid Macdonagh, was there, along with three others and we set sipping teas and coffees poring over entry after entry in about eight categories. Job done, I headed to Claudia Moore, the new boss of the Weymouth BID, to go on a short walkabout to meet two retailers. Had a very good coffee at Marria's adjacent to the station, chatting to Tim Layzell, the charming proprietor. We then walked to a nearby pub to meet Jan, but she'd gone out. It was then over to Southwell on Portland to officially open a new enterprise complex that has been done up by local entrepreneur Calvin Samways. He's attracted six new tenants and it was most interesting meeting them all. The Major and Mayoress were there, too, and it was a pleasure to see them. This is a significant new investment in a run down building, bringing with it good jobs, and I cannot commend Calvin highly enough. Back to home, a quick change and then out for a fundraiser in Osmington, where Sir Oliver Letwin was the guest speaker. A fun evening.