SME Conference Sept02

"EU Funding Explained" - Conference At Stansted For SMEs

Following the huge success of the "Access EU Funding" Conference held in Suffolk in July this year, Bashir Khanbhai, Conservative MEP for the East of England, is organising a second seminar for Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on how to access European Union funds.

"EU Funding Explained" will give delegates the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the types of EU funding available to small businesses and the most effective ways of applying for them. Practical advice and examples will be given in three presentations by representatives from Euro Keys, an independent European Public Affairs company, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European Information Centre.

The seminar, which is primarily open to SMEs from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, will take place at the Bury Lodge Hotel, near Stansted Airport in Essex on Friday 11th October 2002, 10.30am-2.30pm.

Admission is strictly by pre-booking with Louise Fox (Tel.: 00 32 228 47953 or email: bkhanbhai@europarl.eu.int) by 4th October 2002. The fee is 25 and includes a buffet lunch.

Mr.Khanbhai said: "There is a vast amount of EU funding available to the UK and I want to make sure Eastern Region's businesses know how to access it. My last conference attracted delegates from a wide variety of organisations from across the region, including local businessmen, farmers, voluntary organisations and county councillors.

"It proved to be such a valuable and informative day that I have decided to hold another one - I want as many people as possible to be aware of the opportunities open to them. SMEs, from every sector, create jobs and economic growth and so I am determined to help them prosper in our region."