Last week Flintshire MPs David Hanson and Mark Tami teamed up with Flintshire County Council to host an event in the Houses of Parliament as part of Flintshire Business Week.
The event took place on the 12th October in the Terrace Marquee in the House of Commons and was designed to promote Flintshire to Government and other stakeholders with the message that Flintshire is a good place to do business.
The take-up from local businesses was very strong with over 80 people making the journey down to London. The Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain MP, addressed the event after an introduction from David Hanson MP. Flintshire County Council Chairman Colin Legg made a rousing speech before Mark Tami MP concluded the formalities. There were a number of key Government Ministers at the event including Treasury Minister Stephen Timms MP.
Over 80 delegates attended from 28 organisations and there was an eclectic mix of large companies, SMEs, micro businesses, Police and academics from Bangor and Glyndwr. Many businesses took advantage of this unique networking opportunity and Flintshire County Council has already received a number of extremely positive reports from participating companies.
David Hanson said:
“Speaking to delegates at the event I don’t think there is any doubt that this year topped last year’s fantastic event.
“I was proud to once again sponsor an event down in and was encouraged by the amount of local businesses representing Flintshire at the heart of UK Government.
“Flintshire Business Week is a great opportunity to promote businesses in the County. I continue to do everything I can to support and promote local businesses.”
Mark Tami added:
“Flintshire Business Week proved to be a huge success and was vital in boosting prospects for out local economy.
“During the global economic downturn we must do all we can to create the foundations of a strong recovery and Flintshire businesses are doing just that.”
Comments from companies that attended the event include:
Mike Learmond, Federation of Small Businesses said:
“It was very encouraging to see so many businesses making the effort to promote Flintshire in Westminster, particularly in these difficult economic times. I was also delighted to see that most of the local MPs had also made the commitment to attend and learn from these business people the issues and challenges they face in advancing economic activity in the County.”
“Best of all was witnessing the networking and conversations throughout the visit between the business people themselves, the academics and the County Council. There was a real energy and spirit of entrepreneurship in Westminster the evening Flintshire came to town!”
Paul Maddocks, Group Managing Director, Parkway Telecom
“The reception at The House of Commons recognised the ongoing success of Flintshire’s many and varied companies.
“It provided a great opportunity to meet old and new friends and to positively engage with our local member’s of Parliament alongside Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Wales.
“I would like to thank Rt Hon David Hanson MP for hosting such a great event.
“Mel Higham has been sadly missed. I am sure he would be proud of this year’s event.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Corcoran said:
“The event at the Houses of Parliament on Monday evening 12th October was a great evening. The support from local MPs and Business Leaders together with Flintshire Council was very joined up and supportive of the venture. From the perspective of North Wales Police I was proud to be present and to represent the force.
“The opportunity for networking with our partners was superb in a relaxed and happy atmosphere. A lot of contacts were made and invitations to free business events hosted by NWP and the Welsh Assembly Government were offered with many positive uptakes. All in all a very enjoyable and worthwhile evening.”
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Bangor University<tt> said</tt>:
“Bangor Business Schools Management Centre and the office of Research and Innovation were proud to support and attend the excellent Flintshire in Westminster event earlier this week.”
Askmore Communications Ltd added:
“What a fabulous evening organised by Flintshire Council! There was so much networking opportunity, and Askmore Communications Ltd would highly recommend this visit – any Flintshire business would be crazy not to attend this event in the future! Thank You!
Tom Stokes of Evans Easyspace Limited said:
“This was an excellent event. Not only did it portray Flintshire as a progressive area but it gave the many businesses present the opportunity to meet MPs and Councillors in a relaxed environment despite the grand surroundings. The businesses themselves benefited from an excellent networking opportunity.”
Bradford Personal Care Ltd said:
“The reception was a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with Flintshire businesses, MPs and Flintshire County Council members.”
Nick Garnell, Carbon Free Search said:
“Great event, well organised, the networking opportunities were particularly strong – it’s not everyday you get to pitch your business to both Government Ministers and well-connected local influencers!”
Another delegate stated:
“This was a great opportunity to cement our relationship with the Council, meet members of Parliament and network with the business community. Thank you from all concerned for enabling the unsurpassed opportunity. No other Council does this, and no other MP goes this extra mile for businesses.”