Could a cyber attack bring down the energy grid?
On Friday October 21st, people tried to log on to Twitter. The site was down. Cyber hackers had crashed the wo...Read More
Soubry has had a varied and colourful career, kindling hopes that she will push through the bold reforms needed to empower the UK’s smaller businesses.
She certainly does not have the aristocratic background many would associate with the Tories. Her father owned garages at Worksop and Ranby and her mother worked in the NHS for 40 years as a radiographer. Her father later worked at Bell-Fruit Games in Nottingham.
After attending a comprehensive school in Worksop, Soubry read Law at University of Birmingham, where her interest in politics became evident. Following a short spell as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), she joined the Conservative Party and was elected as the first female Conservative to the National Union of Students Executive.
She went on to train as a barrister, although she initially worked as a broadcast journalist at Grampian TV, North Tonight and Central News East – as well as being the shop steward of the National Union of Journalists. Towards the end of her time in television, she worked on This Morning and other programmes for Channel 4 and BBC 1.
In the mid-1990s, she left the media to work as a criminal barrister in Nottingham, until being elected to serve Broxtowe as Member of Parliament in the 2010 General Election.
Her political career has included appointments as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Health Minister, Simon Burns from November 2010 to September 2012. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans in October 2013 and appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence on 15 July 2014.
She has proven to be no stranger to controversy, with allegations of bad language over a recorded outburst in the House of Commons and an apology to Nigel Farage over an unusual comment about his facial expression. She also seems to be more flexible and permissive than other Conservatives, with suggestions she may be open to the legalisation of cannabis. Soubry has also been a strong supporter of the Equal Marriage Bill and voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 at both readings.
Outside of politics, she is a single mother of two daughters, suggesting first-hand experience of the work-life balance issues UK SME owners and managers will be all too familiar with.
In her new role as Minister of State for Business and Enterprise she will be responsible for:
[Image: Photo: Sgt Pete Mobbs/MOD [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons]
Competent and courteous service.
"Marie was knowledgeable and helpful. I feel able to recommend the service given without reservation. David Slesenger"This review was posted by David Slesenger on the 16th of August 2016
"Nadia was very helpful"This review was posted by Robin on the 16th of August 2016
Excellent Customer Service *****
"Jonathan Burgess is an asset to Switch My Business. He made me feel at ease and was more than helpful at all times. He made regular contact and guided me through the whole process which made switching a breeze. I just wish there were more customer service advisers like Jonathon whose friendly and happy demeanour make your day a much nicer one. Well done Switch my business and more importantly thank you Jonathon for all your hard work! Maria Owen Lodgecrest"This review was posted by Maria Owen on the 17th of August 2016
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE
"I totally agree with a customer maria owen,Jonathan Burgess was such a pleasure dealing with and is truly a asset to the company, he made it very easy to switch my electricity companies, Jonathan Burgess was very helpful, easy to talk to it was like talking to a friend not just a customer adviser. I would definitely recommend switchmybusiness and try get hold off Jonathan Burgess if possible and have the same excellent service as I did. Rajan Shanan"This review was posted by Rajan Shanan on the 19th of August 2016
Excellent and very helpful
"Arron who dealt with my switch of energy and gas has been a huge help and extremely efficienct and easy to deal with. Despite British Gas throwing obstacles in the way at every turn he has doggedly stuck to his task and saved the day. Thanks Arron."This review was posted by Rod Pryce-Jones on the 19th of August 2016