Nigel was raised in the constituency and attended Camblesforth Primary followed by Selby High School. Nigel left school aged 17 and early in his career was made redundant. Because of this, he was inspired to set up his first business aged 26. He started his telecommunications company from scratch with a £20 a week Enterprise Allowance Scheme Government grant and the company grew successfully year on year and by the time it was acquired by a PLC in 1999, the business had over 40 staff and a turnover of several million pounds.
Nigel conceived the idea for and has organised the Selby District Jobs Fair for the last 3 years. Over 50 companies and 1,000 residents attend the event matching prospective employers with employees. Since 2010, unemployment in Nigel's constituency has fallen by over 35%.
In Autumn 2013, Nigel gained praise from the Chancellor for successfully leading the campaign to restore the concessionary coal allowance to retired coal miners, who had their allowance stopped following the collapse of UK Coal. Nigel has a keen interest in Yorkshire Tourism and UK Music and its effect on the UK economy and has led two parliamentary debates on these issues.