Sheffield’s thousands of small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I’m proud to have so many in my constituency. I attended the first Connect networking event hosted by the South Yorkshire Federation of Small Businesses and 0114 Marketing, along with special guests from Google. It was launched in the hope of sharing business ideas, encouraging collaboration and ultimately bringing new investment and business to the S8 area of Sheffield and I hope it was successful for everyone involved.

This was the first of these networking events but the FSB is planning to hold a Connect event on the first Wednesday of every month. I’m pleased to be acting as the South Yorkshire branch’s patron, helping to provide Parliamentary recognition as well as local support. Tickets for future events will be available on Eventbrite and entry is open to all those connected with businesses – no FSB membership required.