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Kent Business Summit looks at year ahead

Business owners took part in 16 round table discussions as part of this year’s Kent Business Summit. 

Held at the Kent Business School at the University of Kent, the annual summit is the largest business conference in the county’s calendar. 
Organised by Kent Business School in partnership with FSB, the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Locate in Kent, a packed auditorium heard updates from a range of speakers.

Helen Walbey, FSB policy chair for home affairs, discussed the issues facing small business in the year ahead. 

“While Brexit will dominate the headlines, we also really want to see MPs engaging on domestic issues as business rates, skills, late payment and Kent’s road infrastructure,” Helen said. “Small businesses will have to adapt to the new Making Tax Digital requirements. I know that whatever the Brexit outcome may be, small businesses will continue to be resilient.”

Other speakers included representatives from Transport for the South East; Locate in Kent; Visit Kent and the national organisation Be the Business. Topics covered included road infrastructure, tourism and productivity. 

The Kent summit gives businesses the opportunity to meet strategic decision makers face-to-face, to network with other local business owners and to make sure the voice of the small and medium enterprise is heard.