RURAL economy experts will meet with Isle of Wight businesses next month.
Leading experts from the New Economics Foundation will lead discussions and share success stories on how other rural areas secured private investment and improved their local economies.
It is the brainchild of Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner who has invited business leaders, particularly from the small and medium-sized sector, to attend the meeting at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on September 27, at 11am.
Mr Turner said: "There are encouraging signs the UK economy is returning to growth; the Island must not miss out.
"I want to make sure that our small businesses, so vital to job creation, particularly for our youngsters, are given support by me and other local politicians.
"I have therefore invited leading experts on the special problems and opportunities faced by rural economies like the Island to share their knowledge and experience with us.
"I see this as the start of a major initiative to help our small business community to grow and invest as the economy recovers.
"The New Economics Foundation has a first class reputation for creative thinking and innovative solutions — the Island also has a history of that.
"For my part, I am keen to think about and discuss different ways in which the government and other players can support and encourage a peripheral economy off the coast of England."
Although attendance will be free, places will be limited and priority will be given to those who have registered in advance.
Places can be booked by calling Mr Turner’s office on 530808 or by e-mail to email@example.com