Suffolk/Essex: Chamber of Commerce members meet Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Sarah Sharlott, chief executgive of Suffolk-based social enterprise Realise Futures, meets Prime Min

Sarah Sharlott, chief executgive of Suffolk-based social enterprise Realise Futures, meets Prime Minister David Cameron during the reception at No 10 Downing Street - Credit: Archant

BUSINESSES from Suffolk and Essex were among 14 firms from around the UK represented at a reception at No 10 Downing Street.

The business leaders, all members of local chambers of commerce, got the chance to speak directly with Prime Minister David Cameron and senior Government officials about issues facing companies in the current economic climate, with an emphasis on exports.

Among them was Sarah Sharlott, chief executive of social enterprise Realise Futures, a member of Suffolk Chamber which provides employment, skills and learning opportunities for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged, who recent returned from a trade mission to Moscow.

Also present was Allan Hurdle, managing director of Colcheser-based air movement equipment manufacturer Fläkt Woods, a member of Essex Chambers of Commerce.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, said: “Sarah and her team work incredibly hard and to see that work rewarded not only with her visit to Moscow but to also speak with David Cameron about exporting is great to hear.”

Denise Rossiter, chief executive of Essex Chambers, added: “We know that exports are increasingly important for companies such as Fläkt Woods and it was great that Allan was able to talk first hand to the Prime Minister about his experiences in developing new markets and flying the flag for Essex overseas.”