Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stopped off at Dean Clough to see how the government’s employment allowance, which cuts NI contributions, is helping small businesses in the area.
He rolled his sleeves up in the Cooking School helping apprentices make tartare sauce before taking part in a Q&A session with the owners of businesses in the mill complex.
Mr Osborne said the government was working to make sure the north felt the economic recovery. He said: “Many people who didn’t have work will have now. Many people who were worried about their jobs will have more job security because of the work we have done to improve the economy. Everything I have done has been all for that purpose. Ultimately by growing the economy that is the way to grow living standards.”