On the 15th February 2013 Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, will be returning to Kent Science Park for a Question and Answer session with local business owners. The core focus of this discussion will be around the problems that many businesses are facing regarding broadband infrastructure and connectivity.
Mr Henderson will be joined on the discussion panel by Roger Gough from Kent County Council (KCC), who has been closely involved in KCC’s work with government and suppliers to achieve more comprehensive improvement to broadband in Kent; and Paul Cowham, Managing Director of Sota Solutions – the largest and most successful independent IT service provider in Kent.
During the course of the session, you will be able to quiz Mr Henderson and the other panel members about issues facing your business. Whilst the discussion will not be limited to just questions based around broadband and IT connectivity, this is an ideal opportunity to speak directly with senior experts in this field.
The event will start from 08:30, where there will be an opportunity to network whilst you enjoy a complimentary breakfast of tea, coffee and pastries. The discussion will then begin promptly at 09:00 and will be finished by 10:30.
MR Henderson spoke about the event, and why he felt it would be beneficial for local businesses:
“As part of my role as MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, I want to be able to offer businesses access to information, advice and guidance that can help their businesses to thrive. Based on feedback I am receiving from my constituents, the state of broadband infrastructure and connectivity in Sittingbourne and Sheppey is an extremely pertinent topic, which is why I felt that it justified holding a Question and Answer session focused primarily on that. Kent Science Park was the logical choice of venue as it is one of the regions key business hubs and my regular Q&A sessions there allow me to speak directly with local business owners.”
James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park also commented about the morning:
“Here at Kent Science Park we want to help to empower local businesses, both on and off site, to grow and develop. The sessions we hold here with Mr Henderson are a key part of that, as they allow business owners to speak directly to their MP and other industry experts on topics that directly affect their development. Our last session on exporting was very well received and I hope that local business owners will use this session to feedback on the state of internet connectivity in the area, and receive practical solutions to help solve the problems they are facing.”
Whilst attendance at the event is free of charge, because of the high demand for places attendees will need to book in advance. Places can be secured by visiting kentsciencepark.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.