SEEE member Realise Futures visits Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street
A leading Suffolk business was amongst fourteen firms from across the UK to visit Downing Street this week and engage in an honest and open conversation with the Prime Minister about issues facing UK businesses.
Realise Futures, a social enterprise, is a member of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and promotes choice, independence, control and progression for people with disabilities and disadvantages through the provision of skills development, advice, information, learning, guidance and mployment through Social Businesses.
CEO of Realise Futures, Sarah Sharlott, recently returned from a trade visit to Moscow as part of select group of UK firms and reported back to the Prime Minister about the important of international trade.
"We were delighted to take part in a ground
breaking visit to Moscow, to represent Suffolk and to then
personally feedback to the Prime Minister." said Sarah
Sharlott. "It was a valuable opportunity to tell the
story of Realise Futures, highlight our different offer that
we can give buyers and also to gain valuable learning on how
trade effectively abroad."
"The PM also agreed to consider leading an SME Trade mission to showcase the diverse
range of exports that the SME sector produces already." she added.
The meeting was an opportunity to educate senior officials within government about the vital work being carried out by businesses every day. Themes for discussion centred on
international trade and exports, and what more the government can do to support
existing and potential exporting businesses.
Following the meeting, national trade body UKTI have said they want to visit the Realise Futures factory to discuss setting up an account and helping to both understand our product and get it to market on an international scale.
"Suffolk can be extremely proud that one of its ground
breaking businesses has met with
the Prime Minister personally." said John Dugmore the Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. "Sarah and her team work incredibly hard and to see that work rewarded not only with her visit to Moscow but to also speak with David Cameron about exporting is
great to hear."
"David Cameron has given his personal support to our Exporting is Good for Suffolk
campaign and for him and his officials to meet one of our members in person
will make a real difference." he said.