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Government minister to tackle business questions at membership group’s Q&A

SMALL Businesses Minister Kevin Hollinrake is to answer questions from Northamptonshire companies at a business brunch event in March.

Mr Hollinrake pictured, who has been MP for Thirsk and Malton since 2015 was appointed the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business in October.

He has accepted an invitation from Northamptonshire business membership organisation NNBN to meet local business representatives at Kettering Park Hotel on March 10. Businesses will be invited to pose questions to the minister in advance of the event, with tickets allocated on a strictly first come first served basis.

NNBN director Simon Cox pictured top with NNBN co-founder Marie Baker said: “This is a huge coup for Northamptonshire, with our local businesses set to meet the Minister, ask questions, raise concerns, and hear about the UK business economy and how this might directly affect individual businesses. Mr Hollinrake has been quoted as saying ‘SMEs are the biggest drivers of economic opportunity’ so we are very excited to be showcasing the Northamptonshire business community and our diverse and exceptional innovation, talent and expertise.”

NNBN was launched just over a year ago to support businesses, charities and organisations in North Northamptonshire and is to expand into West Northamptonshire this year.

Cllr David Brackenbury, North Northamptonshire Council’s executive member for growth and regeneration, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Minister to Northamptonshire and I know that the engaged and dynamic business community will give him a warm welcome.

“This visit will show that Northamptonshire is a fantastic place to do business with its excellent connectivity to all parts of the UK and overseas markets. Moreover, Northamptonshire is a great place to live and to visit. It will be excellent to show Mr Hollinrake what this special part of England has to offer.”

Tickets are £15 for NNBN members and £22.50 for non-members, including brunch and refreshments. To book, visit nnbn.co.uk/events

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