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Third successful virtual Harlow Business Forum held

01 Mar Third successful virtual Harlow Business Forum held

Creating apprenticeships was the focus of the latest meeting of the Harlow Business Forum which took place last Friday (26 February 2021).

It was the third time that forum has been held virtually on Zoom and it was another great turnout by local businesses. During the pandemic the forum has been setup to provide a way for local businesses to find out more about support on offer and to give them a voice on what issues are affecting business in the town. The forum is jointly organised by the Harlow Chamber of Commerce and Harlow Council.

The focus of February’s forum was on the benefits of apprenticeships as a way to strengthen businesses and create career opportunities for local people. Gary Salisbury of Harlow College spoke about the support that Harlow College can offer to businesses with recruitment and training. James Marson of W.E. Marson Ltd spoke about the impact a young apprentice is having on their business and the growth in confidence for the individual.

The forum is looking forward to hearing more of these stories and meeting the apprentices and businesses across the town in the future who are helping Harlow shape a positive future for all through apprenticeship programmes.

Michael Harrowven, Chair of Harlow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Theses Harlow Business Forum sessions are designed to be informative, inspiring and above all supportive. Thank you to all involved in making these events happen and the engagement and from businesses in attending. I look forward to seeing everyone on 19 March for our next The Harlow Business Forum breakfast.”

Councillor Eugenie Harvey, Deputy Leader of Harlow Council, said: “It was fantastic to have so many businesses taking part in our third Harlow Business Forum breakfast over Zoom. The focus was on the role of apprenticeships in strengthening businesses and creating vital job opportunities for our young people. This was demonstrated brilliantly by Gary Salisbury who talked about the support that Harlow College can offer to businesses with recruitment and training and James Marson of W.E. Marson who talked about the positive impact a young apprentice had had on their business. It was an informative and inspiring session and I thank all those who took part and encourage every local business to get involved in future forums.”

The next meeting of the forum will take place on Zoom on Friday 19 March from 8.30am. To join the forum email