Craig opens the first monthly ‘Motivational Monday’ business networking event at Kafeine in Broadstairs

South Thanet MP, Craig Mackinlay, has attended and formally open the first monthly ‘Motivational Monday’ business networking event at Kafeine, 35 Albion Street in Broadstairs.

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These meetings - organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - will be held once a month, giving local businesses the chance to hear from decision makers, build their local contacts and share information and advice.

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

“From high-tech manufacturing firms to bakers, retailers, restaurants and social enterprises, Thanet is home to 3,110 small businesses - a record number - that are vital to our local economy, employing thousands of people.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, responsible for nearly half of economic output and 60 per cent of private sector employment, employing 16 million people in the UK. FSB figures suggest that 87% of local employment in Thanet comes from micro-businesses employing less than 10 people and deserve our support all year round.

“The FSB’s ‘Motivational Monday’ business networking events are a great opportunity for local businessmen and women to get together and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing them.

“I was very pleased to formally open this exciting, new event.”

The FSB has approximately 5,000 members in Kent who employ nearly 25,000 people. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the self-employed and all those who run their own business.