I would like to tell you about the ‘Start-up Hub’ business action competition being run for the 2012 Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham (Sunday 7th and Wednesday 10th October).Christopher Pincher MP [Member of Parliament for Tamworth]
The Conservative Party has agreed to give space for a group of start-up businesses to present themselves at the conference in a special hub, that is being created in the exhibition area at the Birmingham conference centre. This follows the success of the project in Manchester at last year’s conference.
The businesses who took part in Manchester got a lot from the Start-up Hub, including making helpful connections with local MPs and councillors, to meeting important new business contacts. This was summed up by Neill Ricketts from Verserien, a materials development company based in Mark Harper’s constituency, who said that the Start-up Hub ‘proved to be a catalyst to our development.’
The ‘Start-up Hub’ has been generously supported again by Fujitsu, but we need your help to find the best new businesses to take part. Perhaps you know an innovative and hungry company in your constituency that you would like to support, or could promote the competition through your local business networks, Chambers of Commerce, universities, colleges and business incubators.
A national competition has been launched to find the businesses who want to take part from a range of different sectors. I want as many local businesses as possible to apply. The competition is open to any business which has launched since May 2010 and 12 finalists will be invited to the conference.
The application details can be found online at www.conservatives.com/startuphub
and the closing date for applications is 30th June 2012.
Please do pass this information to your contacts and anyone you think would be interested in this unique opportunity. And do let me know if you or others apply so I can keep in touch.
Thank you for your time.
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