Aston resident Kirsty is the managing director of Professional Polishing in Smethwick  

Three subjects close to Attwood’s heart and which the Thomas Attwood Society aim to further today are decentralised democracy, the strengthening of regional economies and economic and monetary reform.   

If we look at the strengthening of regional economies then the three awardees – Keith Budden, Jon Morris and Matthew Rhodes – have certainly created a project Attwood would be proud of.   

The Energy Savers project itself manages to offer benefits to both individual households and regional businesses through the implementation of energy saving options. This will mean more business for local industry and reduced energy bills for the householders – definitely a win win scenario. In turn this will generate extra cash which will be an additional bonus for the locality, because if we have more money then we spend more money . . .  

The emphasis on a local supply chain is something I personally applaud. Too often we as a society have contributed to the demise of Birmingham and UK based businesses by spending our money elsewhere – our automotive sector is the most obvious example of this and we all know its history. This project is a step forward rather than a step backwards and the emphasis on the local supply chain will make a difference to the big business monopolies . . .  

We are still in recession, and whilst money is incredibly important we can’t lose sight of other issues which are equally important, such as community.   

In a democratic country, community should be at the forefront of our ideals, and community encompasses everyone from an SME such as ourselves where our community is our colleagues and their families, to the wider, local community where our factory is based, to the global community where our finishes are used . . . 

This project gives us the opportunity to encourage diversification and investment; to manufacture the future. #

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