VIDEO: City MPs’ one-stop advice shop for budding entrepreneurs

More than 150 entrepreneurs attended a business start-up and enterprise fair, which offered a range of free advice and information as part of an initiative by city MPs.

Over the past year Milton Keynes had 2,200 new start-up businesses - giving both MPs, Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster, the idea to create a ‘one-stop advice shop’ to provide a solid foundation for budding entrepreneurs.

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster at their business start-up and enterprise fair

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster at their business start-up and enterprise fair

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “This initiative follows on from the successful job shows Mark and I hosted over the past few years.

“If we want jobs we need more people to start new businesses so this was a natural progression.

“Milton Keynes is one of the best places in the UK to start a new business and it is important they have access to support and advice to help them become successful enterprises.

“I am very pleased with how it went and I was proud to see so many individuals looking to start up.”

The fair was held at The Quadrant:MK on Friday and was hosted by Network Rail HQ. It was sponsored by Biztech and Heart FM, welcomed a wide variety of businesses who came with probing questions for the exhibitors.

HMRC, The Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors along with several high street banks were able to offer guidance and support during the three-hour event.

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster said: “Evidence shows that given the right advice at the start of any new business will stand you in good stead for the challenging times ahead.

“I am delighted that the exhibitors and visitors alike, took away some valuable contacts and sound advice.”