"It was great to celebrate Suffolk Day yesterday – the longest day of the year – to mark our status at the sunrise coast. Now in its second year, Suffolk Day aims to recognise and celebrate all that is great about Suffolk – and my goodness do we have a lot to shout about. Your seven Suffolk MPs took the celebrations nationwide as we welcomed food and drink providers to Parliament to showcase their wares to MPs and staff from across the country – with Adnams doing the honours for Suffolk Coastal with their brilliant range of beers and spirits. With the success of our local economy based on tourism, I'm sure that Suffolk Day will continue to develop as a useful fillip for our businesses and a fun-filled day for local residents.
It's been a week of celebrations really, as I was delighted to recognise another successful Suffolk firm, Rendlesham based GAH Refrigeration Ltd - who I nominated for a Parliamentary corporate responsibility award as a result of their excellent work to help reduce air pollution and climate change. The awards are being run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Corporate Responsibility to recognise companies which go beyond mere compliance to support their local communities. When I visited them last November I was highly impressed by their innovative and responsible approach to supplying powerful and fuel efficient refrigeration systems to large supermarkets and smaller companies. What is particularly special about GAH is their ongoing passion and success for improving the environment and helping the profitability and performance of their customers by reducing fuel and emissions.
On a more sober note, I formally presented the Felixstowe Academy petition signed by 2,599 people calling for the removal of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) to Parliament last week. I'm keen for the school to have a fresh start under new leadership for the benefit of pupils following the very disappointing Ofsted report. Earlier this year I met the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, who informed me that he has written a Pre-termination Warning letter to AET. This is the first stage of the process that can lead to securing a new organisation to run the school. I continue to follow up this issue with the Department of Education."
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