Continuing his visits to local employers, Sir George dropped in on Pentagon Andover, the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer.
"They have the contract to service and maintain many commercial vehicles in the area - such as the Basingstoke and Deane fleet of dustcarts - as well as supplying new commercial vehicles. In a very competitive commercial environment, they do well and employ about 40 people. As with other firms, they notice a shortage of skilled engineers and mechanics."
The Andover branch is one of half a dozen outlets in the South East. Sir George discussed the impact of the rise in national insurance on the group as well as other local issues.