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HSBC chief economist Mark Berrisford-Smith gives keynote speech about interest rates and housing at Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham

By Hayley Robinson

The global head of economics for HSBC UK commercial banking gave a keynote business speech last week.

Mark Berrisford-Smith gave his overview of the UK economy and potential export opportunities at Macknade Fine Foods in Selling Road, Faversham.

He went on to address a series of questions about interest rates, housing and the strength of the pound before concluding with his predictions about the UK economy over the next 10 years.

HSBC chief economist Mark Berrisford-Smith giving a speech on the UK economy and potential export opportunities at Macknade Fine Food, Faversham

More than 50 businesses from across the borough were at the evening to hear Mr Berrisford-Smith, who is visually impaired, give his talk.

It was also an opportunity to learn more about the Swale Business Awards, with judges and organisers available to discuss the application process and what they are looking for in a winning business.

Paul Price, chairman of the awards, said: “Mark’s speech was incredibly interesting and engaging, and there was a great deal of useful information to be obtained, relating not just to Swale but also further afield.

“There were so many great businesses in attendance at the event – all of which I hope will consider entering the Swale Business Awards this year.

From left, Steve Offer commercial manager Kent commercial centre HSBC, Paul Price partner IMM Marketing Innovation, Mark Berrisford-Smith chief economist for the HSBC, Elizabeth Jordan UHY Hacker Young chartered accountants and Krishen Patel Thomson, Snell and Passmore solicitors

“There are just over five weeks to go until entries close so I urge everyone to act fast.”

To enter the awards you must have been trading for at least 12 months on or before July 31, 2014.

Full entries can be submitted by firms hoping to win one of four categories. They are: for small business of the year; customer service and commitment; international achievement; and Swale business of the year 2014.

Winners will be announced during a presentation ceremony at The Coniston Hotel, London Road, Sittingbourne, on Friday, October 10 at 6.30pm where the overall winner will receive £1,000.

To enter visit www.swalebusinessawards.co.uk

You can also submit your entry by post to Swale Business Awards, Rosie Collins, c/o IMM-UK, Woodstock House, Winch Road, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne ME9 8AG.

To sponsor the event email Paul Price on paul@swalebusinessawards.co.uk

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