SMALL BUSINESSES AND BANK COMES TOGETHER
The Wessex Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Barclays Bank recently hosted a successful business evening for small businesses in Hampshire. With the economic recovery being led by small firms, the evening provided an opportunity for businesses to both network and to hear first hand, from one of the top economists within the country, Dr Richard Roberts, on the current economic situation and forecast in the UK, and the potential implications for small businesses.
Although there is a general acceptance that the road ahead will be bumpy, there are many obvious reasons for small businesses to be positive. Barclays outlined their continued support for SMEs and also their current lending policies, which as for most banks, need clarity. Access to finance remains a significant issue for small businesses as they look to evolve.
The evening was complimented by a formal networking dinner, with small business owners having an opportunity to network with fellow guests under the guidance of FSB and Barclays representatives. In order to maximise the networking experience, guests were encouraged to change tables between each course so that they could meet as many potential business associates as possible.
Tim Colman, FSB Chair, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, said: “We are delighted to offer such an event for FSB members and to encourage improved relationships between small businesses and the banks. Hearing how the economy is currently holding up offered some positive impetus for SMEs and as always, the chance to network remains of significant importance to small firms. The FSB will continue to offer events providing small businesses such necessary opportunities.”
Dan Brogan, Barclays Area Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to work with FSB Wessex to provide this opportunity for local businesses to benefit from the expertise and insight of Dr Richard Roberts who is a leader in his field. We see it as part of our role as a responsible bank to help businesses to increase their knowledge and therefore their ability to adapt and thrive in these challenging economic conditions.