Minister on home ground for first major appearance
New Planning and Development Minister Nick Boles is to make his first major ministerial appearance at a business innovation conference in his home constituency of south Lincolnshire.
The MP for Grantham and Stamford will deliver the keynote speech at a 'Government Support for Innovation' event at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham, on Thursday 27 September 2012.
The conference, part of the South Kesteven District Council's Gravity Fields Festival in celebration of the life and discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton, means that aspiring businesses can share the festival's themes of discovery and innovation.
Business delegates seeking technology development, funding and support will be hoping to hear more detail from Mr Boles on how recently announced changes in planning law will benefit companies keen to grow and develop.
"I strongly support South Kesteven's growth agenda and the council's commitment to make the district a place where people want to live, work and invest," said Mr Boles, promoted in this month's re-shuffle.
"The point of the conference is to show how the Government can help those businesses seeking to innovate and grow. I hope to play my part by making sure that our planning system becomes more flexible and responsive."
Co-ordinated by De Montfort University and sponsored by Roseland Business Park at Long Bennington, the day-long event is free to attend and aimed at local and regional small to medium size enterprises with informative speakers, networking, presentations and opportunities to discuss individual issues.
It includes speakers from the Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade and Investment, iNet and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership - the perfect opportunity to enhance performance.
The closing presentation is from Simon Sheldon, whose Grantham company Amberjac Projects specialises in lithium battery technology for a growing global electric car market and represents one of the town's top innovation success stories.
One of Newton's favourite topics - space - takes centre stage with Professor Alan Wells, creator of the Leicester Space Research Centre and Tim Just, who runs the Space Applications group at the UK's TSB.