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Business and banking advice at latest Networking Hub

Newhaven

Businesses from around East Sussex recently flocked to Basepoint Newhaven’s Networking Hub for an insightful talk on how the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can help SMEs in the local community, and how contrary to people’s perceptions, some banks are increasing their lending to SMEs.


Businesses from around East Sussex recently flocked to Basepoint Newhaven’s Networking Hub for an insightful talk on how the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can help SMEs in the local community, and how contrary to people’s perceptions, some banks are increasing their lending to SMEs.

Guest speakers Martin Searle, Development Manager for the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) across East Sussex, Brighton, and Hove, and Patrick Rohodan, the Membership Secretary for Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden, spoke about how FSB members can benefit from access to free legal protection, tax advice and documents to assist on all aspects of running a business. They are also currently involved with the regeneration and development programme in the Lewes district, and spoke about how they are presently lobbying for contracts and investments to channel back into local businesses working in the community.

Steve Turner, Senior Manager SME Banking for Lloyds TSB, also spoke at the event. He advised the audience that they should not be ‘scared’ to approach the bank for business loans, and that lending has gone up by 8.5% in Lloyds TSB in East Sussex over the past year.

Roxanne Haid, centre manager at the Basepoint operated business centre, comments: “We are really grateful to both the FSB and Lloyds TSB for attending this event and sharing a wealth of advice and knowledge with our local business community. For businesses looking to expand, 2013 really is the time for SMEs to start approaching the banks for business lending.” 

The Newhaven Enterprise Centre’s stunning design and harbour-side location makes this centre a great place to work. Located on Denton Island and adjoining the town centre with plenty of parking, there is easy access by road, public transport, and by sea – the town having a regular ferry service to France. For more information about Basepoint, visit: www.basepoint.co.uk