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LEP hosts roundtable discussion for Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU with local businesses

On Friday 30 November, at the request of the Department for Exiting the European Union, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) co-ordinated and hosted a roundtable discussion for Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU. Six Berkshire business leaders, including the LEP’s Chairman, discussed the Withdrawal Agreement with the Minister and the threat of a ‘no-deal’ to the Thames Valley economy.

Tim Smith, CEO of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP said, “The roundtable was a crucial opportunity for business leaders to hear direct from government about its Brexit strategy and to question and challenge a key minister who has responsibility for the Withdrawal Agreement. The ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations was a key theme of the discussion and the timing of the event enabled business leaders to stress how important it is for the government to secure a deal.

“The business leaders that were able to gather and meet the minister came as a result of the strong partnership that exists between the LEP and the four main business organisations; this enabled us to advocate on behalf of Thames Valley Berkshire and its businesses.”

 

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