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Futures House, Marsh Farm was buzzing with activity on Wednesday evening, 23 April 2015, as business men and women from across the counties gathered to listen to a talk by guest speaker, Daniel Mouawad, CEO of SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership).

SEMLEP CEO Daniel Mouawad

The event hosted by Marsh Farm Futures (MFF) and organised by Programme Manager, Ishaq Kazi, had over 40 people from various organisations and businesses in attendance. Other speakers at the event included Marsh Farm Futures CEO, Mohammed Rafi and Chair of the Futures Business Voice, Richard Cooper. 

Delegates, some starting in business and others in established businesses, listened as Daniel Mouawad gave a presentation on SEMLEP funding opportunities and how to access business support. Other speakers included Martin Blower from A Plan Insurance and Richard Cooper who gave more information on funding opportunities available to local businesses. Ishaq Kazi said: "We’ve had a fantastic response to this event. As part of our long term commitment to supporting the business sector, we will continue to promote Luton’s entrepreneurial flair and host business networking events every quarter".

Guests at the event

"It is through events like this that businesses can learn how to be successful. Hard work plays a part but knowing where to go for help and support cannot be overstated. Definitely a worthwhile event and I look forward to attending the next one", said one attendee.

Daniel Mouawad said: "I am very pleased to be here again at Marsh Farm Futures to see tremendous achievements over the past two years. I will continue to support MFF in their efforts to help residents improve their economic wellbeing. SEMLEP has ambitious infra-structure plans for the area and we are engaging the business and voluntary sector to help achieve these".

Mohammed Rafi, CEO of MFF commenting on the event said, "We are very keen to be part of the initiatives being delivered by SEMLEP. We are particularly excited to be able to support Marsh Farm residents who are in the early stage of considering self-employment/starting a business and also who have recently started trading".