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  • Turbo charged exports policy key to economic growth says Sharma | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    and medium sized businesses receive in helping them to export Speaking during a debate on the Budget Alok welcomed the fact that for the first time in two decades the UK is exporting more to non EU countries than to EU countries but highlighted areas where UKTI could go further to support businesses including expanding the Government s presence into more cities in key markets During the Parliamentary debate Alok said Small and medium sized businesses still tell us that there is a fear factor when they are looking to enter new markets UKTI and the FCO have been great at targeting high growth nations and opening new offices but we need to turbo charge that expansion We need not only to target three four or five cities in these huge economies such as India and Indonesia but to go into the 15 or 20 top tier 1 and tier 2 cities In those economies it is not only the national Governments who make decisions the state governments make many of the big decisions on investment which is why we need to turbo charge our approach and get these offices across these countries quickly Alok also called on UKTI to create sector focused hubs in cities within the high growth economies where British SMEs could be based and derive a real synergy benefit from such an arrangement Speaking during the debate Alok said The Government together with UKTI should provide practical help by taking on office space in these key cities basing sector experts from the UK Government and UKTI there and working with local enterprise partnerships to get out there and allow SMEs low cost desk and office space for three six or 12 months The synergies that will be created as a result of all these companies coming

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  • Sharma joins Prime Minister on business delegation to India | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    David Cameron who led a trade delegation to India on a three day visit between 18 20 February 2013 which covered Mumbai Delhi and Amritsar This was the biggest ever trade mission lead by any British Prime Minister in modern times and fittingly underlined the UK government s commitment to increasing trade with India which is predicted to grow into one of the world s three largest economies over the next 35 years There were over 100 senior business executives on the delegation representing big British companies like Rolls Royce Serco JCB Diageo Standard Life BAE Systems Atkins and HSBC as well as a good range of small and medium sized companies The education sector a major British strength and offering huge export potential was also well represented by Vice Chancellors from a number of leading British universities The trip concluded with a visit to Amritsar in the state of Punjab where the Prime Minister visited the Golden Temple the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion and then paid his respects at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial which marks the location where hundreds of unarmed Indian protesters were killed by British soldiers in 1919 David Cameron was the first serving British Prime Minister to visit Amritsar and described one of the bloodiest massacres in British colonial history as a deeply shameful event This was the second visit David Cameron has made to India as Prime Minister the first taking place within weeks of the Coalition coming to power The UK is currently on track to double trade with India between 2010 and 2015 with the latest figures indicating UK exports to India are up by more than 50 Alok Sharma said The business case for increasing trade with India is clear it is already one of the biggest markets in the

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  • Sharma holds exports case study seminar | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma holds exports case study seminar 27th September 2012 On Tuesday 25th September Reading West MP Alok Sharma along with Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership LEP held a seminar which showcased the experience of two Reading businesses which as well as trading in the UK also export their products to other world markets The seminar took place in the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium as part of the wider Business Success in Berkshire 2012 event Alister Esam CEO of eShare and Mike Jessop Managing Director of Moo Free Chocolates spoke about their businesses how they began to export their products and their respective experiences of exporting They gave an overview of the assistance that they were able to access from UK Trade and Investment UKTI and also shared some tips they have learnt from their export operations Alok said eShare and Moo Free Chocolates gave great presentations about their businesses and experience from exporting Increasing UK exports is a vital part of growing our economy and I plan to hold further export related networking events for local businesses building on the success of the Exporting for Growth event in June and this seminar Alister Esam CEO of eShare said For small businesses learning to export is a really complicated topic to master Events such as this give exporters the valuable opportunity to learn from each other s experiences and also to engage with UKTI who provide a great range of business focussed resources Deborah Wharton Business Director at the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP said We were delighted to organise this event with Alok It was great

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  • “Exporting for Growth” seminar a great success | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    presentation was given by Steve Lamb Chair of TVB LEP and Senior Director at Oracle and Emma Gibson Director at TVB LEP and a Partner at Shoosmiths who spoke about the local Berkshire economy the priorities of the Local Enterprise Partnership and how businesses could get involved with the local business community to Collaborate for Growth Lord Green Minister for Trade and Investment who is responsible for the Government s agenda for increasing exports then spoke to attendees about the need to reform the economy away from a reliance on consumption fuelled by debt towards a more sustainable model based on trade and inward investment Lord Green also answered questions from business leaders on what the Government was doing to improve access to finance Rob Lewtas Strategic Partner Manager for UK Trade Investment South East set out what support is available to businesses looking to explore overseas markets with advice on key target markets to approach Chris Dodson OBE Chair of the Institute of Directors South region and Chairman of the Torftech Group gave a firsthand account of his experience of working with export licences and gave practical best practice advice Speaking after the event Alok Sharma said There has been a great response from the business community to this event and I was delighted with the turnout for the seminar The speakers represented a huge amount of business experience and they set out some good practical advice for attendees Alok continued We want to build on this seminar and hold further events in the coming months where attendees get to hear the experiences of other local firms which are successfully exporting to the growth economies and learn from these case studies Richard Benyon said I was delighted to see so many local businesses represented at this excellent event and

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  • Lord Green to attend “Exporting for Growth” seminar | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    for Growth seminar 20th June 2012 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West and Richard Benyon the Member of Parliament for Newbury announced today that they will be joined by special guest Lord Green Minister of State for Trade and Investment at a seminar for local businesses on Exporting for Growth Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint who is Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the Department at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills will address the seminar on the national picture and what the Government is doing to help increase the level of exports from small and medium sized businesses Alok Sharma said Lord Green has been one of the key Ministers behind the Government s agenda for export led growth and so I am delighted he is able to attend this event where attendees will also have an opportunity to ask him questions Alok continued More than 60 companies have already signed up to attend the seminar which promises to be an informative morning and will be a great opportunity to learn more about exporting and network with fellow local businesses Anyone interested in attending should please email me at alok sharma mp parliament uk Richard Benyon said This is a major opportunity for West Berkshire companies to learn how the Government can help them grow through exporting I am delighted that Stephen Green is coming to speak at such an important event Lord Green said There are thousands of highly innovative and successful small and medium sized businesses across the Thames Valley and it is our goal to increase the number of those businesses who export I am therefore very pleased to be attending this event to speak to and hear from local businesses about how we can work in partnership to improve exports

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  • MPs to hold “Exporting for Growth” seminar for local businesses | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    you are interested in attending or learning more please email alok sharma mp parliament uk It s a great opportunity to learn more about exporting and network with fellow local businesses Alok continued Some of the biggest opportunities for the UK are in markets like India and China which in recent years have seen their economies grow at a consistently high rate despite the global economic slowdown Starting to export to these countries can initially be a daunting prospect for a small or medium sized business but I hope this seminar will highlight where help is available Richard Benyon said Our part of the Thames Valley is a vital part of the UK economy In a Europe where economies are in recession or at best stagnating exports to growing economies around the world are what will stimulate growth here at home This event show local companies the support that exists as part of the Government s strategy to increase both manufacturing and exports Steve Lamb Chairman of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership who have sponsored the event said Thames Valley Berkshire is the engine of the UK economy and we need to compete in a global competitive marketplace so we want to ensure the right opportunities are available to local businesses to increase their global competitiveness This seminar is a great opportunity for businesses to understand more about export markets and for us to understand what if any the barriers to growth may be for businesses Robert Lewtas Strategic Partnerships Manager for UK Trade Investment South East said With economic uncertainty in Europe and consumer demand tightening in the UK there has never been a more important time for businesses to look to win and develop business in new markets This seminar will give you a clear view of what support is available to give you the appropriate tools and a clear pathway to winning the right business in the right markets in the right way Barry Lewis Branch Chairman IoD Berkshire said With a drive to rebalance the UK economy our SME community needs all the help it can get to increase exports especially at a time when our natural European home market is showing such signs of stress and reduced demand across most sectors We are well aware of the part that our IoD SME community has to play in the recovery of the UK economy it is where the growth and the jobs will come fastest and a significant proportion of the IoD membership is drawn from that SME community The seminar has the support of other business groups including the Federation of Small Businesses the Chamber of Commerce and Reading UK CIC who have distributed invitations to their members Chair of the Reading and West Berkshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses Martin Judd said Small businesses are known for their innovation and responsiveness to changing market conditions in order to survive and thrive They are well placed to exploit exporting opportunities or

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  • MP praises affordable flood insurance guarantee | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    affordable flood insurance guarantee 1st July 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the announcement made last week that the government has reached agreement with the insurance industry which will guarantee affordable flood insurance to flood prone areas in Reading After negotiations with the Association of British Insurers ABI this new agreement replaces the current Statement of Principles that runs out at the end of July and will bring peace of mind to people who will soon need to renew their insurance The new agreement will cap flood insurance premiums linking them to council tax bands so that people will know the maximum they will have to pay This will be paid for by an internal industry levy as proposed by insurers This would formalise and capture the existing cross subsidy that has allowed affordable cover to be made available to date Therefore this can be done without placing pressure on bills in general New measures will also be added to the Water Bill which was also published last week to give the government legal powers to regulate the insurance industry to keep flood insurance affordable if the agreement with insurers becomes unworkable These powers would be used to require insurers to each take their share of high flood risk households or risk penalties and would create incentives for insurers to keep prices affordable This would be known as a Flood Insurance Obligation The Chancellor also announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review that the government will continue to invest in flood defences and has provided a six year long term commitment to provide 370 million of capital investment in 2015 16 rising with inflation until 2020 21 Alok Sharma who has held several public meetings in recent months for his constituents to discuss

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  • Flood survey delivered to all households in Purley ward | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Flood survey delivered to all households in Purley ward 22nd May 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament of Parliament has written to every household in Purley ward with a flood survey fulfilling a promise made during a public meeting on Thursday 7 March 2013 on flooding in Purley The Environment Agency West Berkshire Council and Purley Parish Council have all provided input towards the questions in the survey which will be used to help West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency improve their response to flood risk issues The letter to residents also included information from the Environment Agency detailing all of the action points being taken in relation to Purley and the timescale for each of the works being implemented along with an overview of the river and groundwater flooding issues affecting Purley and sources of further

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