Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits Newhaven Enterprise Centre

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LOCAL businesses in Newhaven were given the opportunity to pose questions to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg when he visited the Basepoint operated Newhaven Enterprise Centre on Wednesday April 13.

Mr Clegg was accompanied by Lewes and Newhaven MP Norman Baker and Lewes District Council leader Ann De Vecchi.

It was suggested he visit the centre as an example of a thriving business community which benefits the local area.

Businesses within the centre were invited to question and answer session with the Deputy Prime Minister, who tackled a range of subjects including small business lending, Enterprise Zones, the ‘Green Deal’ and Regional Growth Funds.

He reiterated the Government’s localism agenda, emphasising that local authorities should be given more freedom to choose how to support their towns.

Centre manager at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Claire Duc, said: “It was fantastic to have Nick Clegg at the centre, giving our licensees the chance to ask him questions and hear about what the Government is doing to help them.

“He spent time listening to and answering everyone’s questions.”

A licensee at the enterprise centre and a budding entrepreneur who has founded a number of successful businesses including Infacom, teaching and meeting technology specialists, Mark Beaumont, said: “It was great to meet Nick and put my question to him regarding how the government can support people like me by promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise.

“Whilst it was good to hear him say that they are trying to cut red tape and encourage lending to small businesses, I do think the government could be doing much more – it’s not just financial support that’s required to create economic growth.”

Basepoint specialises in the development and operation of managed business, innovation and enterprise centres.

Basepoint is part of the ACT Foundation, a leading grant-making charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need.

For more information, please contact the centre on 01273 615250 or email