Local businesses quizzed leading figures from the local media and Michael Tomlinson MP at a special event hosted by Wimborne BID at Priests House Museum

As part of Wimborne Business Improvement Districts (BID) Small Business Saturday celebrations, local businesses recently had the opportunity to ask their burning questions to Michael Tomlinson, MP for North Dorset and Poole, plus Darren Slade, Business Editor of the Bournemouth Echo, and Marilyn Barber, Content Editor of Stour and Avon Magazine.

The dedicated networking event, entitled ‘Supporting Small Businesses’ looked to examine how the government and media support the town’s small businesses. Michael Tomlinson MP answered questions from the businesses in attendance such as “How will Brexit affect small businesses?” And “How will the government soften the blow of business rates on small businesses?” Marilyn Barber and Darren Slade also addressed questions on how the media can work with local businesses, what makes the most interesting story, and the importance of local news.

The event formed part of Wimborne BID’s Small Business Saturday activities which, in line with the UK’s national campaign, aimed to celebrate, highlight, and support the success of small businesses in the town.

Tammy Sleet, Wimborne BID Manager, said “It’s wonderful that the BID can give our businesses the opportunity to ask questions of media professionals and MPs, and I’d like to thank Michael Tomlinson MP, Darren Slade, and Marilyn Barber for their time and insight. Many of the attendees have given feedback on how useful they felt the event was in highlighting the aid available to their businesses.”

Wimborne BID is a business-led initiative to invest money into the local economy of the town. To find out more about the Wimborne BID visit www.wimborne.info

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