Sir Robin Wales Attends Building Legacies’ Networking Event with SMMEs

The mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales addressed almost 100 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) at Building Legacies’ Summer Networking event at the Good Hotel, which floats on the water of London’s Docklands.

Building Legacies is an enterprise growth and procurement support programme that provides tailored solutions for local SMMEs. This programme supports the East London Business Place (ELBP) and Newham College of Further Education’s Centre for Innovation & Partnerships (CIPs). It aims to tackle gaps in SMMEs’ growth, knowledge of procurement and supply-chain requirements until 2019.

Sir Robin Wales attended the most recent quarterly networking event, on Tuesday 25th July, with an array of small businesses in various sectors, ranging from consulting to carpentry and media production to marketing.

During a keynote speech, he spoke about the vast amounts of change that the borough and its business landscape, have undergone over recent years.  He also referred to the task of creating opportunities for hardworking local people and said:

“It’s about trying to make a difference to people’s lives. We are really supportive of development… but we have made sure that it makes a difference to local people. If it does that, not only are businesses making money, but it means you can make a difference to this area.”

“London is marching eastwards. Newham has seen the biggest increase in employment and families coming out of poverty – not because we’re doing anybody any favours, but because we’re working together to transform lives”.
Sir Robin Wales

The event provided SMMEs and Social Enterprises with the opportunity to connect and share knowledge and best practice. Speakers from other sectors included Maureen Egbe, Owner and Founder of MCE Consult; Nat Wilson, Director of Fletcher Wilson; Anna Boss Sustainable Procurement Manager at London City Airport; and Mark Kass, CEO of Enterprise 4 Good.

The next Building Legacies networking event will take place in the Autumn. Further details will be confirmed online at http://www.buildinglegacies.co.uk/news-events/blog/.

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