Forum's first meeting attracted more than 70 guests

Amber Rudd MP at the meeting
Amber Rudd MP at the meeting

A new business forum was launched on 17th February with guest speakers Amber Rudd MP and Liz Pendennis from Christmas in Rye.

The first meeting attracted more than 70 guests to the Mermaid Inn, who came to hear the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP talk about her relatively new cabinet role and answer questions from the floor on a diverse range of topics from business rates to policing.

Liz Pendennis spoke of the highly successful Christmas in Rye event, and how it has grown and developed thanks to the support of local businesses. She received a warm welcome as she outlined teasing plans for this coming Christmas, which will be much looked forward to.

The forum will meet every other month and gives a formal, positive, solutions-focused voice to local businesses. It is also a platform for sharing success and businesses working together. Not only do Rye area businesses get to talk with key decision makers but hear about community events and how business can work together for the benefit of the whole area.

Open to anyone who owns a business or is a sole trader in Rye and the surrounding villages, it is free to attend.

This evening’s event was very kindly backed by GMP Accountants in Rye, who sponsored welcome drinks for all attendees.

The next event will be on Thursday April 20th 2017 5:30 for 6-7pm at The George Hotel in Rye, and guest speakers will be Michael Salmon, from the Department for International Trade.

He will be talking about how companies can benefit from government supported initiatives for international sales and exports.

He will be joined on the platform by designer Jen Sinclair, sharing useful tools and ideas on how to use social media to market your business.

Future meetings will involve Rother and East Sussex councillors talking about plans for parking in the town and businesses are encouraged to come forward with ideas on topics they would like to talk about.

Feedback from the first meeting included ‘how we can support independent small traders, and how businesses can support and encourage young apprentices.’

For further details, contact ryeareabusinessforum@gmail.com for updates of events.