The Patriot’s Business Club was set up by and is run through UKIP’s South East Region Committee to provide a link between businesses in the South East and UKIP. We will be holding regular meetings, in high quality venues, around the region to promote an optimistic, patriotic view of Brexit to both UKIP members and non-members, especially those running small and medium sized businesses.
The club is the brainchild of East Surrey businesswoman, Julia Searle. Julia runs two businesses, EmpowerU, involved with business motivation and coaching and WINEntwine Events, a company which organises networking and social wine tasting events. Julia had attended a business networking event organised by the local Conservative association and was sure that we in UKIP could do it better.
We bagged small business spokesman Ernie Warrender, booked the venue and promoted our first event at the Party Conference in Birmingham. Around twenty of us, not all UKIP members, met at the Lansdowne Hotel in Eastbourne on Thursday 25th October to enjoy a meal together, listen to our guest speaker Ernie, and Julia, who gave us a brief business insight session on how we use language – something as important in political life as it is for business success.
The surprise of the evening was our last minute sponsor, Kevin Arrowsmith, director of A&S Signs in Fareham, a successful company which exports worldwide. He represents the 13 businesses on his industrial estate, all manufacturing and highly skilled engineering firms that supply vital parts to the defence, marine and aviation industry providing a total of 74 jobs. They are being evicted and the site bulldozed to make way for a Lidl store. 55 businesses, with 300 jobs are under threat at another site 3 miles away. Since taking up the fight, which will go to the High Court, Kevin has learned of similar incidents across the country. There was an opportunity for members to offer advice to Kevin and discuss how UKIP should respond. We agreed that we could work with Kevin to organise a club meeting, possibly in December, which would focus on this issue. Ernie warmed to the theme in his speech, noting that, as the Conservatives were funded by big business and Labour, under Corbyn, hated private enterprise, UKIP should be the party of small business.
The evening was nicely rounded off with an entertaining wine tasting quiz.
The next Patriot’s Business Club will be held at the Best Western, Dover Marina Hotel and Spa, Waterloo Crescent, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BP on November 22nd. Our guest speaker is Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman. As March 2019 draws nearer and our fishermen look likely to be betrayed we want to reach out to the fishing community and businesses that serve it. Attendance is £35 for non-members and £25 for members. Membership is £100 per year.
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