I WAS delighted to open the London Stock Exchange with a representatives of businesses from Wealden on Monday.

It was lovely to become the first MP to host an event of this kind, welcoming constituency businesses from Hailsham, Uckfield, Crowborough and Mayfield to open the day’s trading.

The businesses were joined by London Stock Exchange chief executive Nikhil Rathi, who welcomed the Wealden entrepreneurs and shared advice and tips on how to encourage further growth of Wealden’s excellent and diverse small and medium sized businesses.

Opening the day’s trading on the stock exchange is a traditional ceremony which politicians, statesmen and businesses from around the world have taken part in.

The Wealden businesses were invited to sign a book recording the opening of the exchange, recording their names alongside the likes of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and global business leaders.

Following the opening ceremony, I welcomed the businesses to Westminster for a tour of Parliament.

It was great to have the opportunity to open the London Stock Exchange with so many fantastic and diverse Wealden businesses.

Working with businesses from Hailsham, Mayfield, Crowborough and Uckfield is always a pleasure as their creativity and drive is what really makes our local economy tick.

As an MP, I have an important role to play in facilitating support for local businesses and helping to share best practice for growth and prosperity.

Nus Ghani is the MP for Wealden