Ian Lucas MP

Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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A groundbreaking sports company based on Wrexham’s industrial estate is exactly the kind of dynamic business our town needs.

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I visited Net World Sports, based on Bryn Lane, and met Managing Director Alex Lovén and his rapidly-growing team. The company, which moved to Wrexham from Oswestry, was started by Mr Lovén in his bedroom and has grown to become a worldwide business in a matter of years. They have been recognised by the Sunday Times as both the second fastest growing private business in Wales and the only North Wales business to feature in the paper’s SME Export Track 100 list of UK companies, with the fastest-growing international sales.

During the visit, I heard about the investment the company is making – both in staff and premises – at its Wrexham site, and some of its exciting plans for the future. We also discussed the importance of skills and infrastructure – and how local and national politicians could help businesses like Net World Sports.

Net World Sports is exactly the kind of dynamic business our town needs. It was striking to see how committed Alex and his team were to developing and extending their business, looking at what they can do to improve – and making those improvements.

That ethos runs throughout the business and it is certainly paying dividends – the company is growing fast and gaining recognition and awards.

What businesses like Net World Sports need from Government, both local and national, is the help for their businesses to thrive – that means investment in infrastructure, such as road links, and also in people – we discussed the need for skilled IT experts during my visit. We need businesses like Net World Sports – and I’ll work alongside them to get the best for our area.

A great Wrexham business

A groundbreaking sports company based on Wrexham’s industrial estate is exactly the kind of dynamic business our town needs.  

Official figures showing that Wrexham has good broadband links are welcome – but there’s more to do.

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The research, published by the House of Commons Library, which draws on figures provided by broadband providers and OFCOM. The figures show that superfast broadband availability in Wrexham is at 90.4 per cent – the second highest out of six comparable constituencies nearby, with only Ellesmere Port, at 92 per cent, with better availability.

New work is underway to link parts of the town to faster broadband, and is being carried out by both Virgin Media and Openreach. I met with both companies in Wrexham this year to discuss boosting their work in Wrexham – and am hopeful that, as the new connections come online, local connections will improve further.

Strong broadband connections are vitally important in the modern world and they are something that both businesses and householders raise with me. Several have been in touch this week about broadband problems and faults, and I’ve been following those cases up.

More widely, I’ve been working to bring better broadband connections to the town, and personally challenged Virgin Media’s over Wrexham’s connections in Parliament. I was delighted when he followed up those discussions and, as a direct result, work is now underway on Wrexham streets to link us to Virgin Media’s network.

Similarly, I brought the Chief Executive of Openreach to Wrexham to discuss how we could improve connections to the town, and he has written to me this week with a series of upgrades which are due to be delivered in Wrexham in the next few months.

I am pleased to see that Wrexham is already doing well when it comes to broadband – but there is more to do.

Boosting Wrexham's broadband

Official figures showing that Wrexham has good broadband links are welcome – but there’s more to do.

When three experienced councillors who know their community inside out all say their area needs more resources, we should listen.

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As the Leader reports, that is what happened at a recent meeting of Caia Park community council, where the county councillors for Whitegate, Queensway and Wynnstay all told local officers that Wrexham needs more resources from the police. As the report notes, I was at that meeting too – and had already raised these concerns with North Wales’ Chief Constable.

It’s important to stress that the police are doing a good job with the resources they have – but the fact remains that, ten years ago, Wrexham had many more police officers, with a dedicated constable for many wards in town.

There are pressures on resources, but politics is about choices. The Government has chosen to cut corporation tax and inheritance tax in recent months – cuts which could, and should, have raised the money that our local councillors say we need spending on our police service.

The political choice on police numbers

When three experienced councillors who know their community inside out all say their area needs more resources, we should listen.


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