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Yesterday I was pleased to be able to speak at the opening of the first ever Harlow Business Exhibition, held at the Harlow Greyhound Stadium.

It was a wonderful event, attended by about 60 businesses with stalls, offering all sorts of services from catering to legal and everything in between.

The event was the brainchild of a few local and passionate people who want the business community in Harlow to thrive.

I was very impressed with the range of businesses there and the amount of people visiting the event. The organisers can be rightly proud.

Robert Halfon MP gave the official opening speech, and I was pleased to hear that the Coalition Government will be pressing forward on reforms to help businesses, like mandatory rate relief for small businesses and a one in one out rule for new regulations.

Rob is obviously on top of his brief where Harlow Business is concerned and was able to talk about what he had been doing to help business in Parliament.

It was good to have a leader of the Council and the local MP pulling in the same direction. Something I look forward to over the coming years.

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