A NEW Isle of Wight business forum designed to bring together existing business groups and individual companies will meet for the first time on Friday, November 8.
The forum was the idea of Ryde north east councillor Wayne Whittle, working with MP Andrew Turner.
Mr Whittle said: "I felt the Island needed a body where all the organisations could come together and speak with a united voice. There will be no membership fee and anybody who is involved in an Island business will be very welcome to come along."
The first meeting to be held at 10.30am at the Riverside Centre, Newport, will discuss the new council licensing policy for temporary traders and answer a local needs questionnaire.
"We will also be forming a small group to represent the Island Business Forum at the Isle of Wight Council's scrutiny meeting on cross-Solent ferries," said Mr Whittle.
Although Mr Turner said Parliamentary business meant he would be unable to attend, his office would provide administrative support to the group and some of his staff would be at the meeting.
He asked anyone wishing to attend to let his office know in advance at email@example.com