Businesses on Market Rasen’s Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate feel “lost and forgotten”, according to UKIP general election candidate John Saxon.
Mr Saxon visited the estate last week to seek their views and reported a “sense of frustration with the status quo.”
The candidate quizzed employers on EU membership, local government support for business and their concerns about Britain’s future direction.
One concern seemed to be insufficient security and the lack of a police presence around the estate.
“I think Lincolnshire Police are under resourced and, to be honest, I wouldn’t bother to call them unless I needed a crime number for insurance purposes.” Ray Hildred, of Equip (Rasen) Limited said.
Ray’s company is looking to recruit apprentices and would like to see some form of support for staff training. The agricultural tools and equipment company has expanded in recent years, moving from town to the estate.
Another firm called for a ‘posh sign’ to advertise the businesses at Gallamore, noting Rasen’s high street gets all the help.
Employers also sought a points-based immigration system and they were concerned foreign aid did not always help those most in need.
“Coming from a business background, myself, it appeared that the businesses that were trading were thriving. Maybe ‘flying the flag’ for these SMES should be a priority for UKIP candidates in the forthcoming elections on May 7,” said Mr Saxon, an ex-RAF engineer and later owner of a company that once ran Barnsley Enterprise Agency.
“I deliberately didn’t ask any of the respondents how they would vote in the forthcoming elections, that was not the purpose of my visit. But I sensed a certain frustration with the status quo,” he added.