A CIVIL engineering firm has met with a parliamentary candidate to discuss local business issues and opportunities.

Conservative candidate Sir Ashley Fox met Nick Bell, managing director of the RK Bell Group, on Tuesday, January 30 at the firm's Dunwear Depot base.

Sir Ashley's visit included discussions on opportunities for local businesses, such as training and apprenticeships.

The RK Bell Group was founded in 1941 and has helped shape the region’s infrastructure, delivering comprehensive construction packages in civil engineering, resurfacing, plant hire, and transport and waste transfer.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Being a company that employs local and buys local, it is imperative for the RK Bell Group to engage with local government.

“The discussions were collaborative, focusing on the challenges and opportunities within the construction industry including employment, sustainable practices, and infrastructure investments.

“The meeting showed a shared commitment and a united approach towards community development, bridging the gap between government representatives and local businesses reinforcing that cooperative efforts are vital for the progress of Bridgwater and of Somerset.”

Sir Ashley will stand for election to represent the new Bridgwater seat in the House of Commons at the next general election, expected to be held this year.

He will contest the seat against Claire Sully (Liberal Democrats) and Pelé Barnes (independent). The Labour Party is yet to announce its candidate.