Business Secretary to speak at EU funding conference

A senior government minister is set to speak at an event in Malvern highlighting funding available to companies from the European Union.

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, will be the keynote speaker at the Hereford and Worcester Conservative Business Forums conference. The event is being hosted in the Council Chamber at Malvern Hills District Council on Friday October 16 from 10am.

The conference will focus on how small and medium sized businesses can bid for and win funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 scheme. Three businesses within Herefordshire and Worcestershire have already been awarded up to €2.5million from the fund.

During the day the event will cover tips on applying and how to use the money to grow a business and exports. The conference is free to attend and a buffet lunch will be provided courtesy of Santander.

Tony O'Donnell, chairman of The Smart Actuator Company in Malvern which is one of the firms which has already successfully bid for funding, said: "The process of application in itself is a really good thing for any SME to go through. Win or lose you will be a better company as you go through the self-assessment, business planning and goal setting that are part of the application. Then if you win, the champagne can flow."

Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager at Malvern Hills District Council added: "We are pleased to host such a beneficial event in Malvern so local businesses have the opportunity to come and hear about accessing European funding to support their growth."

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