James Brokenshire has welcomed the launch of a new monthly networking event to help small firms develop new contacts and win more business.
The Federation of Small Business (FSB) South East London Branch has joined together with the Business Referral Exchange (BRX) to hold a monthly breakfast networking meeting at the Holiday Inn in Bexley. James was invited to speak at the inaugural meeting about his work as an MP as well as being a Home Office Minister.
In his presentation to FSB and BRX members, James said he welcomed the award of funds from the Mayor of London to support businesses in Sidcup High Street and how the opening of the new Waitrose should help boost sales. In his role as Security Minister, James said that he was working with the Federation of Small Business to help small firms be more 'cyber secure' and to make the most of the digital economy whilst being aware of the potential risks from online crime. The MP also highlighted Government initiatives to cut the burden of bureaucracy under the 'Red Tape Challenge' which now meant that if a new regulation was to be introduced, two existing regulations had to be scrapped.
Commenting, James said:
"The FSB provides an important voice for small firms and I welcome this new opportunity for business people in this area to link together to share ideas and experience. It was great to hear from a number of local firms looking to grow their businesses. I was encouraged by the positive message and how networking events like this can help firms to identify and take advantage of new business opportunities."