I was recently delighted to welcome the new Premier Inn to Southampton on the site of the former Southampton Park Hotel on Cumberland Place. It was wonderful to meet the very committed staff members based there and also to explore the hotel which I understand provides some of the most accessible hotel accommodation in the city.

It is also great to learn that many of the new employees here were formerly out of work and have been supported back into work by a number of city based organisations. I wish them all the best for the busy summer season ahead.