kent science parkOn the 7th December 2012 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 focus of the event will be on exporting, and will include information for companies currently exporting who are looking to develop their business abroad; as well as companies looking to start trading internationally for the first time.

Mr Henderson will be joined at the session by representatives from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Barclays and Peel Ports, who will be providing expert advice and insight into how businesses can develop their exporting potential. This will include information on where to export to, getting the correct export documentation, conducting international credit checks and taking international payments. During the session you will be able to quiz not only Mr Henderson, but also the representatives from UKTI, Barclays and Peel Ports.

This event will be the last chance to meet with Mr Henderson at the Science Park this year. The event starts from 08:30, where there will be an opportunity to network whilst you enjoy a complimentary breakfast of tea, coffee and bacon/sausage baps. The discussion will then begin promptly at 09:00 and will be finished by 11:00.

Gordon Henderson discussed what he hoped businesses would get out of the morning:

“As the MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey it is important for me to regularly meet with my constituents to address any concerns they have and to hear about any challenges their businesses are facing. As part of my role, I also want to be able to offer local businesses access to information and advice that can help their businesses to flourish. My office has been approached by a number of companies regarding exporting, so I thought that holding a session specifically about that seemed like a good way to help people, and KSP was the logical venue for it.”

James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park also commented about the morning:

“We have a number of companies here on Kent Science Park that export their knowledge, research and services internationally, and events like this will give other local businesses access to the information they need so they can also begin to operate in international markets. Not only is this an opportunity to quiz our MP on the support available from the government for businesses looking to export; but there will also be representatives from UKTI, Peel Ports and Barclays to answer a broad range of questions related to exporting. I hope that local businesses will take advantage of the opportunity to start competing for international business.”

Whilst all local business owners are invited to attend the event free of charge, because of the high demand for places attendees will need to book in advance. Places can be booked by visiting www.kentsciencepark.co.uk/events.



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